India becomes first to play 900 ODIs    AFP
India becomes first to play 900 ODIs AFP

After whitewashing New Zealand in the Test series by 3-0, Indian cricket team is back in coloured jersey to play five One-Day International (ODI) series at home. The first ODI of the series is played at India s most beautiful cricket venue at Dharamsala. Well, without any buzz, India becomes first team to play 900 ODIs with this match. Australia is currently close to that landmark as they have played so far 888 ODIs. Despite playing most ODIs, India is at third position in terms of winning most matches. In this historic match of India, all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut and he got his cap from none other than nation s greatest all-rounder Kapil Dev, who made his Test debut on the same day in 1978.

Coming to the match, Bowling first, Indian bowlers run through the New Zealand batting line up as half of the Kiwi team was back to pavilion at the score of 48. Further, they went eight down at 106 and from there on, Tom Latham and Tim Southee added 71 runs for ninth wicket and ensured a decent total of 190 before they were bowl out by the Indian bowlers. Debutant Pandya and leggie Amit Mishra scalped three-wickets each, while Umesh Yadav and trial bowler Kedar Jadhav got two-wickets each.

Before the match, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar predicted that it is going to be high-scoring match but totally opposite happened. Indian batsmen began their chase and looked comfortable against the Kiwi bowlers. In between, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan was seen at the stadium and was sitting beside BCCI President Anurag Thakur, probably having chat or exchanging some gyan (knowledge).

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