Tigers upbeat despite Kishan special
Despite a heavy defeat in the third and final ODI in Chattogram after a record-breaking double-hundred from Ishan Kishan, Bangladesh remained upbeat about the fact that they had secured a memorable series win against India.
The Tigers clinched the series after two hard-fought wins in the first two ODIs in Dhaka as man of the series Mehedi Hasan Miraz led the way for only a second-ever bilateral series win against India. Miraz had a terrific series with both bat and ball, smashing his maiden hundred in the second ODI as the hosts held their nerves in yet another nail-biter.
The 25-year-old, who got his first player of the series award in the 50-over format, was hopeful that the Tigers could improve ahead of the ODI World Cup next year.
"This is the first time I'm getting a man of the series award in ODIs. It's a start for our team. We have a World Cup coming up and I hope we can get better. We have lots of senior guys talking to us. I just keep thinking positively," Miraz said during the post-match presentation ceremony yesterday.
It was also a memorable series for skipper Liton Das, who was handed the role at the last moment after regular ODI captain Tamim Iqbal was ruled out with a groin injury.
However, it was Kishan who stole the limelight as the visitors made a strong comeback and sealed a comprehensive 227-run win. Virat Kohli also smashed his 72nd international century and added a record 290-run second-wicket partnership with Kishan as India posted a mammoth 409 for eight before bundling Bangladesh out for 182.
"Ishan and Virat batted really well. Hats off to Ishan. We tried our best, but we didn't find any solutions. If the score would have been 330-340, it would have been a different ball game. They are a good side, and we played good cricket for two games," Liton said.
Kishan, who struck the fastest double-hundred in ODI cricket off just 126 balls with 26 fours and 10 sixes, said that he was enjoying his time in the middle and was focusing on hitting loose deliveries when offered.
"On the international stage, you try to get a lot when you get a few. I got a lot of help from the support staff. I was just picking the ball and the bowlers. Things went my way. After looking at the wicket, I knew it was going to play well. I was trying to smash loose balls," Kishan said.