In a thrilling encounter at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on Tuesday, August 1, Team India’s wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan once again displayed his batting prowess during the ongoing third ODI against the West Indies.

On place of skipper Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, Ishan capitalized on the opportunity and showcased exceptional form, securing three consecutive half-centuries in as many games. His impressive performance serves as a strong audition for the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup, set to take place on home soil later this year.

From the very first ball, Ishan Kishan exuded confidence and delivered breathtaking shots all around the ground. Although he fell short of converting his innings into a century, his departure after a well-made 77 off 64 balls, including eight boundaries and three sixes, left fans in awe.

Jharkhand-born cricketer appeared to be on track for a big hundred, but he could only blame himself for not achieving it. His aggressive approach, going after every delivery, led to his downfall as he was deceived by a regular leg-spin ball. Attempting a powerful heave on the leg side, Ishan misjudged the length of the ball, resulting in a stumping by Shai Hope.

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As of the latest statistics, Ishan Kishan stands as the highest run-scorer of the series with an impressive tally of 184 runs at an average of 61.33. His remarkable performances have made him a compelling option for the Indian think tank, as they seek a third opening batsman for the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup.

On the other hand, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who replaced Axar Patel in the side, failed to leave a lasting impact. The right-handed batter departed after contributing only eight runs off 14 balls, edging one to slip off Alzarri Joseph.

In contrast, Sanju Samson, stepping in after Gaikwad’s dismissal, made an immediate statement by smashing two sixes off Yannic Cariah. Shubman Gill also showcased his ability to accelerate the run rate, as India aimed to post an imposing total on the scoreboard.

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Till writing this news, Team India scored 351/5 after 50 overs, demonstrating their dominance over the West Indies in the series. With Ishan Kishan’s remarkable performances and other talented players stepping up, Team India is poised to make a significant impact in the forthcoming ICC ODI World Cup.

By Ritik Sharma

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