First impressions last. We have heard this time and again. It proves especially true when you represent more than a billion people on the international stage in your first game. In this post, we have compiled the 5 highest scores by an Indian in their ODI debut. The rankings are done according to the score. Without further ado, let’s dig in.
Manish Pandey – 71
Manish Pandey has been in and out of the Indian team for a while now. The explosive batsman has made his mark in all formats of the game. He burst onto the ODI scene with a bang, scoring a valuable 71 runs. Here’s hoping that the talented batsman gets his due and has a great international career.
Navjot Singh Sidhu – 73
Currently known for his ‘shers’ and political activities, Navjot Singh Sidhu was a swashbuckling batsman for India. He had an explosive style of batting and gained recognition as one of the great batsmen of his era. Sidhu scored a patient 73 on his debut, announcing his arrival as one of the future greats of the game. Sidhu now does occasional commentary for various TV channels.
Brijesh Patel – 82
Brijesh Patel is mostly an unknown name among modern fans of the game. However, his potential shouldn’t be overlooked. He is the only cricketer to have never gotten out for a duck. Patel had an excellent First-Class career and held numerous batting records. He played for the country between 1974-1979. In his debut ODI match, he made a sterling 82 to give a huge boost to his team. His career came to an end after a suspect action against pace.
Robin Uthappa – 86
Robin Uthappa was one of the most destructive batsmen India had ever seen. He was a perfect finisher, and also bailed India out of numerous sticky situations. Uthappa made his mark an excellent wicket-keeper too. In his ODI debut, he made a strong 86 runs and impressed the coaches and critics. He has since then had a fruitful career in the IPL as well.
KL Rahul- 100*
KL Rahul has more or less cemented his place in the current Indian team. He has shown a chameleon-like ability to adapt to any position. He performed when he was an opener, and also did extremely well when he was put into the middle order.
Rahul made a confident unbeaten century on his debut and announced to the world his arrival. If his current form is anything to go by, KL Rahul looks set to be a permanent fixture in the Indian team for the near future.