5 highest scores by Indian batsmen on ODI debut
Sachin Tendulkar might have the majority of batting records in international cricket but that doesn’t mean that he has the market cornered on records. In fact, the record for the highest score on ODI debut doesn’t belong to the “master blaster”. In fact, he doesn’t even have the record for the highest score on debut by an Indian.
So who holds the record then? Has any Indian scored a century on their ODI debut? What is the highest score by an Indian debutant? Here is the list of Indian batsman with the highest score on ODI debut:
5) Manish Pandey
India’s consistent tours of Zimbabwe is proving to be the perfect breeding ground for young talent. Manish Pandey was the beneficiary in 2015 when he got the opportunity to play for India after consistent performances in the IPL and the Ranji Trophy.
In his first ODI, India were asked to bat and were struggling at 82/4 when Pandey came to the crease. But by the time he departed for 71, he had put India in a position of comfort, which helped them win the match and start the series with a victory.
His gritty innings along with Kedar Jadhav helped India post 276, which proved to be too much as Zimbabwe lost by 83 runs. Pandey’s innings which included just four fours and a six helped him take fifth spot on this list.