India sealed victory in the enthralling first ODI against England at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Put in to bat first, India rode on Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli‘s half-centuries to lay down a good platform for a late surge. That was exactly what happened as KL Rahul and debutant Krunal Pandya came up with quick-fire fifties to take India past the 300 mark and set England a target of 318.
Krunal Pandya’s fifty was the fastest ever by a debutant in the history of ODIs and it ensured India carried momentum into the second innings. However, the said momentum was crushed when the English openers made merry and looked set for victory before quick wickets from Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur ensured India bowled out England for 251 and sealed a 66-run win to go 1-0 up in the series.
Krunal Pandya pays tribute to late father
Following his knock, Krunal Pandya was seen visibly emotional as he struggled to hold back tears during the post-innings interview. His brother Hardik Pandya who was also the one who presented his debut ODI cap to him was seen consoling him. The reason for the same was that the Pandya brothers’ father Himanshu Pandya had passed away in January due to a cardiac arrest
After the match ended, Krunal Pandya took to Twitter to pen an emotional note to his father. He wrote, “Papa, with every ball you were always on my mind and in my heart. Tears rolled down my face as I felt your presence with me. Thank you for being my strength, for being the biggest support I’ve had. I hope I made you proud. This is for you Papa, everything we do is for you Papa“
The second ODI takes place on the 26th of March.