The Indian debutant, Prasidh Krishna ended his maiden international match with the best bowling figures for India on debut in ODI cricket as he finished with the match-winning figures of 4 for 54 from 8.1 overs in the first ODI of the three-match series against England in Pune on Tuesday.
Krishna received his maiden call-up to the national squad ahead of the ODI series and made the most of the opportunity handed to him in the first match. He got the prized wickets of Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, and Tom Curran which helped the hosts to a 66-run victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Superb start for @prasidh43! 👌👌
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Krishna was expensive in his first spell as he was tonked all-over the park by the English openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow. However, the debutant made a strong comeback thereafter by dismissing Roy in the 15th over to break a mammoth 135-run opening stand, and then got Stokes caught inside the circle in front of the square to land England a double-blow.
As the game was evenly poised in the 32nd over with England 217 for 5, Krishna came back to bowl his third spell and immediately got the wicket of Billings, who was caught by Virat Kohli to hand India a crucial breakthrough.
Krishna also picked up the last wicket to fall in the match, forcing Tom Curran to hole out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also played a crucial role in the game by scalping the wickets of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid and ended the game with figures of 2 for 30 in 9 overs.
Prasidh Krishna’s 4 for 54 helped him go past Noel David, who had returned 3 for 21 in debut against the West Indies in Trinidad in 1997 and until this match had held the record for the best figures for a debutant for India in ODIs. Varun Aaron’s figures of 3 for 24 against England in Mumbai in 2011 is third on the list of best bowling spells for India on ODI debut.