In the first T20I against West Indies, left-handed batter Tilak Varma and pacer Mukesh Kumar made their T20I debut for India. Mukesh Kumar was also the part of the playing XI for the last Test match and then the ODI series. Now, he made his T20I debut as well. Indian leg spinner Yuzendra Chahal gave him the debut cap.
During his debut, Mukesh accomplished a unique achievement and becomes just the second Indian player after T Natarajan to do so. The fast bowler left his mark in the pages of history by becoming only the second Indian after T Natarajan to make his debut in Test, ODI, and T20I formats all within the same tour.
On Thursday, August 3rd, Mukesh became the 103rd player from India to make his debut in the shortest format of the game. Before him, Natarajan, who had served as a net bowler for India during the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy had achieved a similar feat and now Mukesh has followed his footstep. Apart from Mukesh Kumar, Tilak Varma also got the cap of team.
While batting first, West Indies posted a score of 149 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. The highest run-scorer for the team was Rovman Powell, who contributed the most runs. He played a knock of 48 runs from 32 deliveries which included 3 fours and 3 sixes. Apart from him, Nicholas Pooran played an innings of 41 runs from 34 balls and hit 2 fours and 2 sixes.
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Changing this tricky target, the Indian team could only manage to score 145 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. The highest run-scorer for the team was debutant Tilak Varma who scored the most runs. He played an innings of 39 runs in 22 balls, which includes 2 fours and 3 sixes.