On Friday (July 23), in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, India, captained by Shikhar Dhawan, handed debut ODI caps to 5 players – Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakariya, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Rahul Chahar; 2 of the 5 have already made their T20I debuts but had waited some time for their ODI caps.
This is only the second instance of India having five debutants in an ODI after their inaugural ODI. The other was against Australia at the MCG in Dec 1980 when Dilip Doshi, Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Sandeep Patil & Tirumalai Srinivasan made their debuts.
With the increasing focus on Indian players in the IPL, and a packed schedule of the senior players, the youngsters often get their first taste of international white-ball cricket in the T20 format, and then in the longer – 50-over – version.
Here we look at 4 Indians with the longest gap in their ODI debuts after making a T20I debut:
Sanju Samson-6 years 4 days
Sanju Samson, the superstar wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerala, made his T20I debut in July 2015 against Zimbabwe in Harare. 6 years and 4 days later, he was handed his ODI cap as well against Sri Lanka.
However, in those 6 years, Samson could manage only 7 T20I caps as Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul took over the wicket-keeping duties after MS Dhoni. Apart from the fact that there always remained stiff competition for places in the side, Samson has himself to blame as well – he managed only 83 runs at a strike rate of 118.57 with a best of 23 in those 7 innings.
Nonetheless, while the Rajasthan Royals captain remains far away from India’s scheme of things regarding the 2021 T20 World Cup, he would fancy his chances in the ODI format as India will slowly look to build a team for the 2023 World Cup.