All-rounder Krunal Pandya made a dream debut during the first One Day International (ODI) against England. The 30-year-old slammed 58* off just 31 deliveries to help team India post a winning total of 317-5 at the end of their 50 overs. Later, he clinched the crucial wicket of Sam Curran as well.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar also leapt praises for the Baroda-born after the match ended. Gavaskar mentioned that it was delightful to watch Pandya bat as took the pressure off from KL Rahul at the other end. The veteran cricketer mentioned it’s not easy to play such a knock in your maiden game.
“It was (fabulous to watch Krunal Pandya bat). Don’t forget that he was making his debut. So, it’s very difficult for somebody to play with the freedom that he showed. The shots that he was playing straight from the time that he came in. With KL Rahul not quite hitting at that particular point, somebody had to take the initiative.
“Krunal took the initiative and eased it for KL Rahul. That’s what team spirit is all about – easing the pressure off your teammate. That’s why his batting was so impressive,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
Krunal played his natural game: Laxman
Former India cricketer VVS Laxman agreed to what Gavaskar said and added that Krunal Pandya took the aggressive role and played his natural game.
“He [Krunal] took the aggressive role and played his natural game. Just like the way he does in the IPL, just like he did in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He’s in good prime form and when you are in that kind of positive mindset, you are going to play those kinds of shots. Unbelievable execution of stroke play and fearless attitude,” Laxman said on Star Sports.