India handed debuts to two players in the first ODI against England and the move proved to be a masterstroke as both played keyed roles in the hosts’ victory. Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna were the ones who were handed their ODI caps before the start of play and while it seemed like a surprising decision to start both debutants who had just received their maiden call-ups, the move worked wonders.
Krunal Pandya shone with the bat in the first innings as his quick-fire knock helped India get past 300. Joining KL Rahul at a crucial time, the all-rounder came out with a positive mindset and hit the English bowlers around the park to get to his fifty. The fifty was the fastest ever by any debutant in the history of ODI cricket.
Prasidh Krishna follows Krunal Pandya and sets a record
In the second innings, it was the turn of the other debutant to shine. Prasidh Krishna seemed promising in his first over but was very soon, taken for big runs as Jonny Bairstow made merry. However, the Karnataka pacer came back with an excellent second spell to trouble the same batsman. He then followed it up by removing the likes of Jason Roy and Ben Stokes.
In the next spell, Prasidh removed Sam Billings before returning one final time to dismiss Tom Curran and seal the win. Prasidh’s four-wicket-haul was the first ever by an Indian debutant and it eclipsed the record of Noel David who had picked up 3/21 on his ODI debut for India in 1997. The best ever figures on ODI debut is that of South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada who picked up 6 wickets for 16 runs against Bangladesh.