After a match-changing performance by Krunal Pandya and Prisidh Krishna in India’s 66-run win in the first ODI against England, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said that India has made an effort to build youth in every format. The machine is fitted, which turns on and gave an impressive performance in its first match in international cricket.
I think India has set up some kind of machine to manufacture new players. Even today there were two budding artists. This gives a clear indication to senior cricketers that you have to perform well to stay in the team.
Inzamam said that he has been noticing this trend of match-winning contributions by India’s youth since the Australia series which continues in the current England series as well.
I have been watching since the Australia series that in every match or format, a young player turns up and gives an outstanding performance. Seniors have their own roles but when Junior performs like this it says a lot about the side. Due to his youth, India has performed well in the last six months.
In the last six months, the likes of Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Prisidh Krishna, T Natarajan made their mark in the first match / series they have played. India.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan proved their abilities in the T20Is against England, followed by Krunal Pandya and Prisidh Krishna in the first ODI.
Senior Pandya made the fastest half-century with his debut (off 26 balls) and remained unbeaten in his 31-ball 58 in the Pune ODI. Inzamam described Krunal’s 112-run sixth-wicket partnership with KL Rahul (62 *) as the turning point of the first ODI, giving India a 317-run total of 30 for 5.
He said, the difference in the match was due to KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya. That was the turning point. If India had scored 270–280, England would have chased it, but Krunal Pandya made a difference of 30 runs, who scored 58 runs in 31 balls. So, I am saying that there is a machine in India now.
Do not forget to praise the great Pakistan fast bowler Prithvi Krishna, who took 4 wickets for 54 runs on his debut.
And when India needed wickets, this young boy Krishna, who was playing his first match, took four wickets. Again, I say that India has found a machine to manufacture players for every format.
Inzamam highlighted that the youth of India are doing a good job in keeping senior members on their toes.
He said, ‘When the young players of the team perform so well, then it leaves no option for seniors at their level.
He said, the kind of cricket, the kind of cricket that India is playing nowadays, it looks easy against the opposition like England. It seemed that it would be tough for India after England’s initial partnership, but later the Indian bowlers did not give them breathing space.
India will take on England in the second ODI in Pune on Friday.