Sri Lanka defeated India by three wickets in the third and final one-day international on Friday to retain a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series. Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Chetan Zakaria, Krishnappa Gautam and Rahul Chahar played one-day internationals for India. This is the second time in the history of ODI cricket in India that five players made their debut in a match. All of them have praised the players who made their debut in ODIs under the guidance of coach Rahul Dravid on their tour of Sri Lanka. Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja praised Coach Dravid for this.
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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Rameez Raja said, “It is great to see 5 players make their debut in the third ODI. This is a good decision taken by the governing body. Although they have already won the series, there are not many teams in Asia who enter the field with this kind of mentality. Despite winning the series, many teams choose their reserve XI. For fear of losing the match, they want to avoid putting on new faces. But you don’t expect such things when Rahul Dravid is around.
Earlier, in 1980, five Indian players made their debut in an ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Dilip Joshi, Keerthi Azad, Roger Binny, Sandeep Patil and T Srinivasan debuted together. The six-year-old had to wait six years to make his One Day International debut after wicketkeeper batsman Samson T20 debuted. He debuted at the T20 International against Zimbabwe on July 20, 2015 in Harare. Besides him, Krunal Pandya had to wait two years 139 days, Rahul Chahar one year and 351 days and Rishabh Pant 262 days a year.
The former Pakistan cricketer said, ‘His mood is completely different. Win or defeat does not haunt him much. He should be instructed to check the bench strength, especially after capturing the series. Therefore, the scope of Indian cricket can be expanded and new players can be introduced who can play for the country in the future.