Virat bhaiya backed me and told me ‘go and play your game’: Ishan Kishan on batting ahead of former skipper

Team India showcased their batting prowess against West Indies in the ongoing Test series as Ishan Kishan’s explosive 34-ball 52, supported by Kohli’s backing, provided a crucial boost.

After Mohammed Siraj’s impressive five-wicket haul, West Indies were bowled out for 255, granting India a significant 183-run lead in the first innings.


Rohit Sharma’s rapid 57 and Yasasvi Jaiswal’s contributions set the stage for Ishan’s explosive innings at No.4, proving Kohli’s decision right. With India declaring at 181 for two, the hosts were tasked with chasing 365 runs, ending Day 4 at 76 for two, still 289 runs away from victory.

“It was really special (the half-century). I knew what the team needed from me. Everyone backed me. Virat backed me and told me ‘go and play your game’. Let us hope we will finish the game tomorrow. It was Virat bhai who took the initiative and told me that I should go in. There was a slow left-armer who was bowling. It was a good call for the team. Sometimes you need to take these calls,” said Kishan after the day’s play.