IND vs ENG: Krunal Pandya smashed his maiden half-century on ODI debut.© AFP
India all-rounder Krunal Pandya and England fast bowler Tom Curran were seen having a verbal exchange towards the end of the first innings of the first ODI in Pune on Tuesday. The incident occurred in the 49th over of the innings when Krunal had hit his maiden half-century on ODI debut, which was also the fastest fifty on debut in ODI history coming as it did off just 26 balls. As Krunal reached the bowler’s end after completing a single, Curran was seen saying something to Krunal.
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Krunal, visibly riled by Curran’s provocation, seemed to engage with the Englishman even as wicket-keeper Jos Buttler joined the tussle and had something of his own to relay to Pandya.
The on-field umpire had to intervene to separate the players.
After Buttler, who had walked all the way down from his position behind the stumps to the top of the bowler’s run-up, walked back, he was seen having a word with Krunal again before the umpire intervened again.
Krunal made 58 not out off 31 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes to help India reach 317 for 5 in their designated 50 overs.
KL Rahul made an unbeaten 62 off 43 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes and the shared an unbeaten 112-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Krunal.
Left-handed Krunal, older brother to India teammate Hardik Pandya, was seen breaking down at innings break.
BCCI posted a video on social media where Hardik was seen consoling his brother.
Hardik and Krunal had lost their father Himanshu Pandya in January this year.
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