India's left-hander batter Ishan Kishan recently made history by registering the fastest double hundred in men's ODIs. On December 10, he smashed 210 off 131 balls in the third match against Bangladesh in Chattogram. He is the only batter who converted his first ODI century into a double ton. The keeper-batter is currently representing Jharkhand in the 2022-2023 Ranji Trophy season.
Ishan's attacking style of batting has often drawn comparisons with the legendary MS Dhoni. Hailing from Jharkhand, the same piece of land where Dhoni came from, Ishan has often credited Dhoni for playing a huge role in his career.
"Maybe I bat like this because I have watched a lot of his highlights, like the way he smashed all the bowlers – like Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar – whoever it was, he smacked everyone around the ground. So maybe I got that instinct from him – I want to play in attacking mode. Perhaps I got it from him. And I also used to watch Adam Gilchrist," Ishan was quoted as saying.
'I love Gilchrist but...'- Ishan Kishan
Kishan will have to keep scoring the big centuries whenever he gets his chances as the 50-over World Cup is around in a year's time. Another aspect of Kishan’s batting is his explosiveness at the top reminding of the former Australian batter Adam Gilchrist who has been deemed as one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batters of all time.
Kishan noted that Dhoni has always been his biggest inspiration without a doubt and revealed his love for Gilchrist’s batting. He further highlighted the impact Dhoni has had on and off the field on the players.
"MS Dhoni for sure. I love Adam Gilchrist's batting and his keeping skills but Dhoni bhai, I have seen him all around as in what he does on the field, off the field, the calmness, and everything. The way he meets everyone. So these things also matter - how you function and getting to know how he does it and it what way. He has helped me a lot also, how to take care of yourself when you are around people," added Ishan.