Ind vs Eng – From Axar Patel to Suryakumar Yadav, 5 debutants who made huge impact for India- India has a long history of swashbuckling debut in cricket. From Sourav Ganguly’s 131 on Test debut in 1996 to Krunal Pandya’s all-round show in his maiden ODI, India has cherished all the memories. But with IPL becoming a platform for the youngsters to get necessary international exposure, debuts are not nervous anymore. Suryakumar Yadav proved that, smashing Jofra Archer for a six in his very first ball and Prasidh Krishna made a point returning with four wickets.
However, if we are to look in history books, there will be plenty of Indian cricketers who have shown determination on their debuts. But the last two long series against Australia and England have proven to be different. The debutants not only did well personally but also were the match winners. InsideSport takes a look at 5 Indian cricketers who excelled on their debuts in those two series.
Ind vs Eng: 5 debutants who made huge impact for India
Axar Patel (Test): After being overlooked for the longest format, Axar Patel finally got the chance to make his Test debut for India in the series against England. With Ravindra Jadeja nursing an injury, he was tasked with being the deputy of Ravichandran Ashwin in the spin department in the 2nd Test against England in Chennai. But he came out as the show-stopper, bagging a five-wicket haul on his debut and helping India level the series 1-1.
Suryakumar Yadav (T20I): The Mumbai batsman shot to fame for his performances in the IPL. But with India’s middle-order being overcrowded, Suryakumar Yadav had to patiently wait for his chance. His debut match came and went with him not getting a chance to bat. But India captain Virat Kohli trusted him and promoted him to No 3 in the crucial 4th T20I against England. His wait was over and he could not have grabbed the opportunity better. His 31-ball 57 paved the way for India’s victory.
Krunal Pandya (ODI): Having made his T20I debut, all-rounder Krunal Pandya had to wait three years to make it to the ODI squad. Till then, he had to be satisfied with his brother Hardik Pandya making a name for himself. But at 30, Krunal Pandya finally got his chance and boy he did! Krunal smashed 58 off 31 and bagged a wicket as India beat England in the 1st ODI.
Prasidh Krishna (ODI): He was in the scheme of things for long but he wasn’t expected to make his debut anytime soon, especially with so many fast bowlers waiting in the pipeline. But the young Karnataka cricketer showed persistence. After being smashed around by Jonny Bairstow, Prasidh struck back, bagging four wickets to set a record of best figures by an Indian bowler on ODI debut. His wickets helped crack the England batsman as India won the match.
Mohammed Siraj (Test): He had already made his name in domestic cricket with the red ball. But instead of the red cherry, he was handed India debut in the T20Is. But he wasn’t impressive and failed to make any mark with the white ball initially. But on his Test debut, he shined. Bowling alongside experienced campaigners, Siraj bagged two wickets in the first innings and followed it up with three more in the second against Australia in the 2nd Test. When the seniors were unavailable in the final Test, he led the pace attack, scalping five wickets in the 2nd innings as India won the historic series.