Hardik Pandya’s elder brother Krunal Pandya has made his dream debut against England by banging a half-century in the first ODI. He made 6 balls and 2 sixes in just 26 balls. With this, he also made a world record of making the fastest half-century in his debut ODI. At the same time, playing 7th or below became the third Indian to score Fifty Plus in a debut match.
Saba Karim and Ravindra Jadeja did this before them. Saba scored 55 against South Africa in 1997 and Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 60 against Sri Lanka in 2009. On the other hand, Krunal scored an unbeaten 58 in 31 balls with the help of 7 fours and two sixes. When he returned to the pavilion, he became so emotional that he was unable to speak. Tears started flowing from his eyes.
In the first ODI of the 3-match series between India and England (India vs England 1st ODI), all-rounder Krunal Pandya and fast bowler Krishna (Prasidh Krishna) made their debut. Krunal and Krishna recently performed brilliantly in Vijay Hazare Trophy for which they have been rewarded.
Krunal was handed a debut cap by his younger brother Hardik Pandya, while KL Rahul was given a debut cap by Krishna. 29-year-old Krunal has played T20 International matches before this. Krunal has taken a total of 14 wickets in 18 T20 Internationals, scoring 121 runs.
Krunal became emotional after getting his debut cap. Seeing the cap, Krunal remembered his father while looking up at the sky. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer tweeted the photo and wrote, ‘There is something in my eyes’.