Team India all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who made his ODI debut for team India on Tuesday (March 23), and England pacer Tom Curran were involved in a heated argument during India vs England 1st ODI in Pune on Tuesday.
The incident took place during the 49th over of India’s innings when Krunal after getting to his fifty on ODI debut – which was also the fastest by any debutant in ODI cricket – mouthed a few words to Curran as the England seamer was walking back to his mark.
As Krunal reached the bowler’s end after completing a single, Curran was seen saying something to Krunal.
Krunal, visibly riled by Curran’s provocation, seemed to engage with the Englishman even as wicket-keeper Jos Buttler joined the tussle and had something of his own to relay to Pandya. Later, the on-field umpire had to intervene to separate the players.
After Buttler, who had walked all the way down from his position behind the stumps to the top of the bowler’s run-up, walked back, he was seen having a word with Krunal again before the umpire intervened again.
Watch Video: Krunal Pandya and Tom Curran Involved In Heated Verbal Exchange
Notably, Krunal smashed an unbeaten 58 off 31 balls and in the process he broke the world record for the fastest fifty by a debutant in ODI cricket.
Riding on Krunal’s late fireworks, Team India managed to post 317/5 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, England were bowled out for 251 in 42.1 overs, losing the contest by 66 runs.
After the knock, Krunal got emotional as he dedicated his maiden fifty to his late father.
“Papa, with every ball, you were always on my mind and in my heart. Tears rolled down my face as I felt your presence with me,” wrote Krunal on Twitter.
“Thank you for being my strength for being the biggest support I’ve had. I hope I made you proud. This is for you, Papa; everything we do is for you, Papa,” he added.