With the kind of innings that Ishan Kishan played in the first T20I against the visiting Sri Lankan side, his reputation has completely changed in the eyes of the critics, with some even placing him ahead of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the shortest format of the game.
Kishan, who was purchased for a record Rs. 15.25 crore by the Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2022 mega auction, was absolutely brilliant as the Men in Blue’s opening batter. He shared 89 runs in just 56 deliveries during his time in the middle. His century was cut short when he gave up a big top-edge on a pull-short and was captured at square leg by Janith Liyanage.
Nonetheless, Kishan’s performance on the field was sufficient to assist skipper Rohit Sharma’s team in amassing a substantial total of 199 runs, which the Lankan Lions were unable to chase down in 20 overs. At the end of the evening, Kishan was also given the ‘Player of the Match’ award for putting on a show with his blade.
It was eventually announced to the cricketing community that the 23-year-old had set a new world record with his tremendous innings. His 89-run innings has now become the greatest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper batter in the international shortest version of the game.
Ishan Kishan 89 runs – highest individual score by an Indian wicket-keeper in T20I.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 24, 2022
Team India has produced some outstanding batsmen who have also played the role of man behind the stumps in the past and present. In terms of heritage and impact on the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rishabh Pant are the most prominent names on the list. Even KL Rahul, who stepped in as the team’s glovesman a few years ago while Pant was out with a concussion, is a fantastic player in this format.
However, in terms of the amount of detractors each of these players has, Dhoni once again takes the lead, and his detractors were quick to compare his batting record to Kishan’s accomplishments in the first match against Sri Lanka.
Dhobi has set such low standards in T2OI as wk batsman that everytime a wk batman comes to bat, a new record is created.— Alpha (@AlphaMaleKohli) February 24, 2022
MS has 2 in 98. Surely an upgrade.— Eklavya (@IStanTheGOAT_18) February 24, 2022
Dhoni would have easily scored a hundred if he opened against this kind of sl attack— Vikram (@Abhimanyu86156) February 24, 2022
Best wicketkeeper batsman from jharkhand 🔥— Abhishek (@be_mewadi) February 24, 2022
The storey said that after playing in 98 international matches and batting in 85 of them, Dhoni’s highest score was only 56 runs, which was easily surpassed by Kishan, who had only played eight matches.
While there are numerous flaws with such parallels, the most significant one is that Kishan is a top-order batter, whereas Dhoni was frequently used as a finisher. Because the southpaw bats first in the Indian batting order, he gets more balls and has more leeway to take his time and hit bigger shots.
Dhoni, on the other hand, has never had the opportunity to do so. His job was to either start swinging for the fences as soon as he stepped onto the field to assist his team chase down a total, or to play a slow and steady innings, acting as the anchor who guided the innings when it got into difficulties and ensured that enough runs were scored.