The Indian group played England inside the first ODI of the three-suit series against England at the MCA Stadium in Pune, Maharashtra. Given that they had been coming off a 3-1 Test collection win and a 3-2 T20I collection win over England, the Men in Blue decided to present two of its player’s ODI debuts.
Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya made their ODI debuts for India and the elder Pandya acquired his ODI cap from his younger brother Hardik and the brothers shared an emotional hug after the capping ceremony as Krunal pointed toward the sky to dedicate his debut to his late father.
Krunal and Hardik’s father Himanshu Pandya misplaced his lifestyle to a huge cardiac arrest in January this year. Both the brothers have mentioned their father’s hardships and hard-paintings to make sure both of them got the excellent facilities to play cricket.
“Krunal Pandya’s Amazing ODI Debut”, a tweet by Hardik Pandya
Papa would be proud. He’s smiling down on you bhai and sent an early birthday gift for you. You deserve the world and more. I couldn’t be happier for you bhai. This one is for you Papa ❤️ @krunalpandya24 pic.twitter.com/xxn9wfF689
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 23, 2021
Krunal Pandya had a smashing outing for India as he slammed the quickest fifty on his ODI debut, as he cruised to his maiden half-century in only 26 balls and ended up making fifty-eight* in 31 balls with 7 fours and a couple of sixes. He also added 112* runs for the sixth wicket with KL Rahul, who made 62* with four fours and four sixes.
This enabled India to submit 317/5 in 50 overs after Shikhar Dhawan (ninety-eight) and Virat Kohli (fifty-six) had laid a great platform for the lower order to blow up within the previous couple of overs.