A second-string Indian team will take on Zimbabwe in a three-ODI series at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. The games will be played on August 18, 20 and 22. A couple of days prior to the game young keeper-batsman Ishan Kishan’s heartwarming gesture for his special fan at the training ground has gone viral.
A group of fans – Indian cricket team supporters, they said – gathered outside the Harare Sports Club where the Indian players were practicising. Among them was one fan, Ashish, who said he had come from Patna to Zimbabwe to watch Ishan Kishan in action and support the 24-year-old cricketer.
Ishan Kishan’s superfan travels from Patna to Zimbabwe; gets clicked selfie with the cricketer
Ashish further revealed that he lives only 5-10 kilometres away from Ishan Kishan’s house in Patna’s Kankarbagh and also is a friend of the cricketers’ friend
Speaking from the ground with sports journalist Vimal Kumar, the fan said: “My name is Ashish, nickname Sonu. I am a resident of Patna and have come here to support Ishan Kishan and the Indian team. I will watch all three matches. We all are really happy that we are getting to see the players practice. I actually know a friend of Ishan. His name is Yashasvi.”
The fan stood their for a while and eventually his dream came true – when as Ishan Kishan was walking back after completing his practice, the fan screamed: “Ishan bhai… Patna, Patna,” to which the batter replied, “Sahi hai paaji. Main bhi Patna se hu (That is good brother. I am from Patna too.”
The fan further said: “I am a friend of Yashasvi,” after which Ishan stopped and asked: “Idhar kya kar rahe ho phir? (What are you doing there then)”. Kishan then went to the fan and others standing near him and clicked selfies to the delight of those supporters. Later, Axar Patel also photographed with the fans.
Journalist Vimal Kumar uploaded this video on his YouTube channel, and fans lauded this beautiful gesture from Ishan Kishan as an example of great humility and politeness from the superstar cricketer.
You can watch the video here:
Zimbabwe series important for Ishan Kishan
Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan will look to make a mark on the selectors and team management once again after being excluded from the Asia Cup 2022 squad. Kishan had been India’s backup opener to Rohit and KL Rahul, however, a drop in form recently saw him being benched for four of the five T20Is in the West Indies as Suryakumar Yadav opened the innings with Sharma.
Now, with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli back in India’s squad for the Asia Cup, Kishan was dropped and not included in the standbys either. With the T20 World Cup 2022 only a couple of months away, the left-hander – who was part of the T20 World Cup team last year – will be hoping to make a strong comeback.