In 2021, the Indian team has brought one star after another to the cricket field. Many have impressed the cricket world with their debut in the Indian team jersey.
2021 has been eventful in Indian cricket. Just as India played in the final of the World Test Championship, the Indian team has won the series from Australian soil with a second-tier team. India also ended the series 2-1 in England. There is a series win against England and New Zealand at home.
Debut for Indian Team in 2021
The Indian team has played only six ODIs in the whole year. In T20, however, India did not have the expected success. Overall, the Indian team has beaten one opponent after another in Tests. Throughout the year, one star after another player made their debut in three formats of cricket in Team India jerseys. Let’s take a look at those stars-
Four years after he arrived in international cricket, Shreyas Iyer finally made his Test debut for Indian Team. He made a good start in five-day cricket by scoring a century against New Zealand in his debut.
Iyer scored 105 in the first innings, and in the second innings also 65 runs came out from his bat. He was also selected as the man of the match. Shreyas has been included in the Test squad for the South African tour. Ajinkya Rahane is on the verge of losing her place in the national team with the rise of Shreyas.
Despite being dropped from the T20 World Cup squad, 2021 Akshar Patel has got his hands full. In February, in the absence of Rabindra Jadeja, the star became a super performer after getting a chance in the England series. He took five wickets in the first match for the Indian team.
He has been named the best Test debutant of the series. Akshar Patel took 36 wickets after playing just five Tests in 2021. He has taken five wickets in five innings by bowling in just ten innings. He also scored 189 runs with the bat in 6 innings.
Most of the time in 2021, Washington is suffering from injuries. However, the spinner has made his memorable Test debut for the Indian team in Australia. After getting a place in the first Test in Brisbane, the star made a 123-run partnership with Shardul Thakur for the seventh wicket in a difficult time. He scored 62.
In reply to Australia’s 369 runs, India was once on 16/7. From there, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar rescued India in Gabba. In the end, India made 338 on the scoreboard with the help of two-star batting. He took four wickets in that match. In the second inning too, Washington played a beautiful 22-run effective inning.
In that match, the Indian team chased down 326 runs in the second innings and snatched the historic victory against Australia. With 265 runs at an average of 66.25 next to Sundar’s name throughout the year.
Ishan Kisan’s performance with Mumbai Indians’ jersey in IPL 2020 brings a star to the Indian team. The star got his first chance for the Indian team in the T20 series against England. Ishan Kisan started his career by scoring a half-century in his debut match. Chasing the target of 165 runs, Ishan Kishan (56 off 32 balls) scored a half-century to snatch the victory for India.
Apart from T20, the star also scored a half-century in his ODI debut. He hit sixes again in the first ball of ODI cricket. Ishan became the second batsman in the history of cricket to hit fifty at the start of T20 and ODI. The Jharkhand star was also given a place in the T20 World Cup squad.
Krunal Pandya appeared for the Indian team jersey in the ODI series against England earlier this year. And for the first time in 50 overs cricket, he became the fastest Indian to score a half-century. After Hardik Pandya was out, Krunal went down to bat and made 58 off 31 balls. He also made his ODI debut memorable with a wicket.
Apart from Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna made his debut for the Indian team in the first match against England. In that match, Krishna took four wickets and grabbed everyone’s attention. First, he broke Jason Roy and Johnny Bearstore’s135-run partnership. Then right-arm bowlers took the wicket of Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, and Tom Curran in quick succession after India won the match by 66 runs.
Hershal Patel came to the notice of Indian cricket after his stellar performance in IPL 2021. He made his debut for the Indian team in the second T20I against New Zealand. In that match, he took two wicket wickets for the Team Indian. Hershal was selected as the man of the match in his debut match. Hershel took four wickets after playing two matches in the series.
Suryakumar Yadav finally made his debut for the Indian team thanks to his consistently good performance in the Mumbai Indians jersey. The star made his T20I debut at home against England. The star made a good start to his international career by hitting sixes in the first ball. Suryakumar Yadav also scored a half-century in that match. He was then selected in the ODI series against England.
In the IPL, Venkatesh Iyer’s dream came true. Overnight, he became the known face in the whole country. He did not have to wait long for the Indian team jersey even though he did not get a place in the T20 World Cup. The star made his T20I debut at home against New Zealand.