Cricketers breaking and making records is an everyday job for them. While a few cricket records are easy to beak but mostly they are difficult to break. We have seen some cricketers playing horribly in the debut match while some excelled exceptionally. Till today, 8 India cricketers won the Man of the Match award in their debut match itself. Let’s have a look at such cricket records of these 8 Indian cricketers.
1. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Kartik made his T20 debut on 1st December 2006 while playing against South Africa. Hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa came to bat at first and aggregated 126 runs. While chasing, Dinesh Karthik scored 31 runs in 28 balls. In his debut match, he was awarded the man of the match award.
2. Pragyan Ojha
The 4th match of Group A on the 2009 ICC T20 World Cup witnessed the debut of Pragyan Ojha. Hosted in Nottingham, the match took place against Bangladesh on 6th June 2009. With a figure of 4/21, Pragyan Ojha won the Man of the Match award in his debut match itself. Also, India won the match.
3. Subramaniam Badrinath
Subramanian Badrinath made his T20I debut on 4th June 2011 in the India tour of the West Indies. Hosted in Port of Spain, Subramanian hit 43 runs in 37 balls and helped India to win the match. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award.
4. Axar Patel
Axar Patel won the Man of the Match award in his debut T20I match against Zimbabwe. The match was the 1st T20I match of India tour of Zimbabwe where Axar scalped 3 wickets for 17 runs. He dismissed the 3 wickets of Hamilton Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura, and Sikandar Raza. Lastly, India beat Zimbabwe by 54 runs.
5. Barinder Sran
On 20th June 2016, Barinder Sran debuted for his T20I match against Zimbabwe. In the 2nd T20I match of India tour of Zimbabwe, he scalped 4 wickets and gave only 10 runs. His great bowing skills helped India to win the match by 10 wickets with 41 balls remaining. Barinder Sran won the Man of the Match award and also the Man of the Series award.
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6. Navdeep Saini
On 3rd August 2019, Navdeep Saini played his T20I debut match against West Indies and also became the Man of the Match. In the 1st T20I match of India tour of West Indies, Saini bowled with a figure of 3/17. He dismissed the wickets of Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, and Shimron Hetmeyer and sent them back to the pavilion.
7. Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan debuted in his first-ever T20I match on 14th March 2021. It was the 2nd T20I match of England tour of India, hosted in Ahmedabad. India had to chase 165 runs to win the match and the young Indian cricketer played a great knock of 56 runs in 32 balls. Ishan Kishan was awarded the Man of the Match award and also, India win the match by 7 wickets.
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8. Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel started his T20I journey with a blast and good cricket records. In the 2nd T20I match of the New Zealand tour of India, Harshal Patel finished his bowling with a figure of 2/25. He picked up the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips and helped India to win the match.