Australia v India, 1st T20I, Adelaide January 26, 2016

Hardik Pandya debuts with a horror first over


Suresh Raina backed out of a James Faulkner delivery at the last moment © Getty Images

The maiden over
Maiden as in first. Definitely not as in free of runs. Debutant Hardik Pandya was waiting for his first over, and then he was waiting for his first over to end. The eighth of India's innings and the first of Pandya's career began with three consecutive wides down leg side as Steven Smith walked inside the line, and two more followed later in the over. It meant the over lasted 11 deliveries, and given that a six and a four came off two of the legal balls, he finished with figures of 1-0-19-0 and five wides.

The comeback, part one
Nearly five years after he last played for Australia, Shaun Tait took the new ball once again. His first ball was 150kph, a quick reminder of his capabilities. But a four and a six followed later in the over - Tait was unlucky the six was not a wicket, more on that shortly - and by the end of his four overs he had leaked 45 runs. It left Tait with the worst economy rate of his 20-game T20 international career.

The comeback, part two
Okay, Shane Watson played Australia's most recent T20 international, so this was not technically a comeback. But he has retired from Tests and was overlooked for the recent ODI series against India, so this was his first outing for his country this summer and thus felt like a comeback. He could hardly have made a stronger start. His first over brought two wickets - Rohit Sharma caught at mid-on off an offcutter and Shikhar Dhawan caught behind from a slower bouncer - and only one run. Watson's return of 4-0-24-2 was a reminder that he could be a highly valuable member of Australia's World T20 side.

The fielding woes
Kane Richardson's four overs leaked 41 runs without a wicket but just as costly was his work in the field. The fourth ball of Tait's opening over of the game was top-edged by Rohit Sharma and Richardson at long leg misjudged the flight, running in before realising he had to be back on the boundary, and spilled over the rope what could have been a regulation take had he stayed there in the first place. Another poor piece of judgment came in the 19th over when Cameron Boyce's throw from long-on found the bowler Richardson in front of the stumps instead of behind, which almost certainly cost Australia the chance at a run-out.

The pull-out
On 14, Suresh Raina was all set to face James Faulkner, but then he wasn't. As Faulkner let go of the ball Raina backed away and pulled out, indicating that he was not ready. The ball crashed into his stumps, but the umpire Simon Fry had no hesitation in calling a dead ball. Faulkner looked unimpressed, but then again, he often does.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2016, 17:59 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan seems to be a better bowler than Hardik Pandya. Pandya might be quicker, but Dhawan seems to have more deceptive deliveries. He should get a chance in at least one T20 game. That's unlikely because Dhoni likes to stick with the same team, even when he is losing! Now that he is winning, he will never change his team combination.

  • indianzen on January 27, 2016, 19:12 GMT

    Raina was clearly not ready and Faulkner has already jumping to land in the crease, can't blame him. Peterson pulled out 4 times in Ashes against Mitch... Lucky Pandya... Vijay Shankar, Rajat Bhatia, Mithun Manhas etc were all bowling all-rounders selectors overlooked...

  • Dinkepo on January 27, 2016, 12:29 GMT

    I think Pandya can make big role in indian cricket, everyone nerves when start standing front of 35,000 over crowd, if he kept the spirit to play for country then he can be top as he has potential alrounder skill unless become big head like some of the players once got familiar and spoil the spot in the team.

  • abyrao on January 27, 2016, 10:46 GMT

    Forget the first over, in totality he looked hopeless, wonder how he made to the national level.

  • multipack on January 27, 2016, 9:29 GMT

    pandya worries me. had heard lots about him and wanted him to go well but he reminds me of those over paid teens in english football who seem more concerned about looking good than learning and improving. the kid is strutting around like he's already made it when infact he embarrassed himself.

  • Lwaz Yekela on January 27, 2016, 9:26 GMT

    Horror show, hahaha! That's an understatement! He came good in the end though..

  • cricpanther on January 27, 2016, 9:03 GMT

    Hardik Pandya, lucky to have two wickets with his wide loose bowling!! He has to grab this opportunity with two hands and he should not feel that this is not IPL stage, this is international stage. You need to be serious and focus more. Have a look at his lapses in fielding too. He needs to do more practice then his look, hair color style etc. not needed. Better to have more discipline and focus on his 100 % performance. His Mumbai Indian captain Rohit, team mates, Bumrah, Harbhajan all are there then why he has to worry about and need to feel more confident and comfortable. I hope next t20 he can improve. 5 wides in one over..serious bowling practice needed. you are not bowling in your street cricket!! Whatever small chances, batting or bowling or fielding need to make difference by the performances, which MSD wants, then only Pandya can secure his place or else come and go!!

  • Naresh28 on January 27, 2016, 8:12 GMT

    I have seen some comments on Rishi Dhawan. I think he could be good in the shorter formats because of the way rolls his fingers on th seam. He has some unique balls which catch out the opposition. At the same time these young bowlers :- Bumrah, Pandiya, Rishi need to learn and evolve. More like Faulkner. Once batsman get to know your style they can play you how they want.

  • Rough_Fan on January 27, 2016, 7:48 GMT

    Pandya came back well in his second spell. He bowls quick. Must be groomed for future. Bowling coach has to work with him .I have a feeling that will become a decent all rounder for us

  • sarangsrk on January 27, 2016, 7:30 GMT

    Hardik Pandya needs to be toned down a bit. Not for his energy and enthusiasm but more for working towards plans. Dhoni and Kohli need to be more proactive with this guy as he will get carried away easily. For ex- He should have been given instructions on bowling outside offstump in the 1st over itself rather than 2nd over after 1st went for 19. He was bowling too wide even in 2nd and 3rd over. Anyway, he is not all style neither he is the great find yet. He will be ok player if he keeps his head level. If you are aggressive, relish challenges and deliver when required, then you become Kohli and if you don't deliver, then you are just Sreesanth. LOL. @Brydon, why no mention of Smith commentary? He is getting ahead of himself. Didn't show enough respect for Indian bowling. Trying to play same shot against the turn (Jadeja turns a bit sometimes) 3 times in an over and telling commentators that he will hit whatever Jadeja bowls. Good reminder from Kohli to humble him. Cricinfo, pl publish

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