On Tuesday, Gujarat all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna were given their maiden ODI cap as India take on England in the first of the 3-match series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
It was Krunal Pandya’s younger brother and star all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, who presented the left-hander with the cap. Krunal looked towards the heavens remembering his late father who recently passed away.
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder led Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In 5 matches Krunal Pandya had a staggering batting average of 129 – he scored 388 runs in 5 innings remaining unbeaten twice while notching up two hundreds and two fifties alongside snaring 5 wickets at an economy of 5.31. The 29-year-old has featured in 18 T20Is for India.
Prasidh Krishna is also rewarded for his brilliant domestic performances in the past few years. The lanky speedster has taken 81 wickets in 48 List-A games; Prasidh picked 14 wickets in 7 Vijay Hazare matches at the bowling average of 22.21.
KL Rahul retains his spot in the eleven; Kuldeep Yadav has given a game
Speaking of the match, India skipper Virat Kohli lost another toss; Eoin Morgan decided to bowl first on a flat track. Rishabh Pant was not selected on Tuesday as KL Rahul kept his place in the ODI side after being dropped from the fifth T20I.
Also, Kuldeep Yadav gets a game as Yuzvendra Chahal, who didn’t feature in the last two T20Is, remains out of the side. Krunal Pandya is given his ODI debut over Washington Sundar and will be the second spinner. Interestingly, neither T Natarajan, who made his ODI debut in Australia nor Mohammed Siraj was picked as Prasidh Krishna got the nod.
Suryakumar Yadav, who had an impressive start to his international career in the T20I series, is benched as Shreyas Iyer continues to remain the number 4 batsman in the ODI eleven.
Watch: Hardik gives maiden ODI cap to Krunal Pandya
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