Team India openers Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill engaged in a heartwarming conversation with legendary cricketer Brian Lara after they won the three-match ODI series against West Indies on Tuesday, August 1 at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. They expressed their admiration for the former cricketer.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on social media featuring Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill’s conversation with Brian Lara. Ishan Kishan recalled the incident when he received a message from the former cricketer on Instagram. He shared that he was in shock that a legendary cricketer texted him. In the video shared by the BCCI, Ishan Kishan said to Brian Lara,
“I think for me, the most important things are the stories I’ve heard. I have heard that you always used to bat till lunch and if you are there on the pitch, you go to practice and then again come to bat. So that is something to learn from you.”
“And I was very excited to… you know, once you texted me on Instagram and I was actually in shock, like how come you texted me. Such a legend of this game texted me and I was very happy about it,” he added.
Ishan Kishan finished the three-match ODI series as the leading run-scorer. He was promoted to open the innings in the series. The left-hander scored 184 runs in three innings at an average of 61.33, including three fifties.
“Performing here where your name is there on the board was really special for me. And, you know, I love to watch highlights and I’ve seen your innings, how you used to play and hit those shots. So I’m actually happy to perform here,” said Ishan Kishan to Brian Lara.
Watch the video here:
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— BCCI (@BCCI) August 2, 2023
He would take on the challenge: Shubman Gill recalls watching Brian Lara bat
Team India opener Shubman Gill played a vital role in India’s win in the third ODI. He scored 85 runs, as India scored 351 runs in the first innings. Gill slammed eleven boundaries during the knock.
The young cricketer expressed that Brian Lara inspired him as a kid to dominate bowlers across formats. He recalled how the former West Indies batter used to take on the challenge and smash the bowlers. Shubman said,
“All my memories of him are smashing the bowlers and taking on the bowlers. Whenever I used to see him, especially in red ball, he used to be one of those people, you know, who used to go in and straight from ball one, he would take on the bowlers and would take on the challenge. And that really inspired me as a kid to be able to dominate the game, in all formats.”