Dinesh Kartik points out weak opening combination after Ishan Kishan’s historic innings

Ishan Kishan, a youthful member of the Indian team, gave a brilliant performance on Saturday in Chattogram, becoming just the fourth Indian to record a double century in ODIs. Ishan broke Chris Gayle of the West Indies, who previously held the record for the fastest double-hundred in the format, after scoring 210 magnificent runs off just 131 deliveries with 24 fours and 10 sixes. As a result, India scored a massive total of 409/8 in the last ODI’s fifty overs.

Ishan received many good wishes from the Indian cricket community after the game, and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik spoke in-depth about the left-handed batter’s performance in the ODI against Bangladesh. Ishan Kishan’s innings, which he played in the series’ last ODI owing to Rohit Sharma’s injury, caused Karthik to say that the team management will be perplexed as to the opening combination.

Kartik on Cricbuzz said, “It was beautiful to watch the way Ishan paced his innings after the first five overs. The kind of shots he played, he took on bowlers consistently. The beauty about 200 was the strike rate; at 160, scoring a double hundred is a special effort. He batted beautifully, the last 100 coming off 41 balls says a lot. That’s the skill, that’s why he has been picked by Mumbai Indians at such a high price.”

He added, “He’s somebody who is going to deliver. This, in many ways, puts the cat among the pigeons when it comes to the openers.”

Following his knock, Ishan Kishan even said that he could have gone for the 300-run mark; Kishan was dismissed in the 35th over of the Indian innings.
Ishan Kishan told broadcasters, “I got out with 15 (14.1) overs left. I could have got 300 also.”

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has reached the double-century mark three times, including in his highest ODI score of 264; Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have each scored once.

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