Hardik Pandya
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When Hardik Pandya was controversially run out in the first ODI between India and New Zealand, it shocked both fans and cricket analysts.

At Wednesday’s first ODI between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad, the umpire’s decision to remove Hardik Pandya in a contentious fashion shocked Indian supporters. Mitchell Santner’s delivery was too close for Pandya’s comfort, and the Indian batsman misplayed it because of the additional bounce. The bails were knocked off, but it looked like the ball went over the wicket. The stumps may have been damaged by Tom Latham’s gloves, but the on-field umpire still ruled against Pandya even if the situation was unclear.


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Pandya seemed upset with the umpire’s call, as he stormed off in protest after being called out. The bail came off right when Latham caught the ball, thus the replays were likewise inconclusive. The ball did not touch the stumps, as evidenced from different angles.

Meanwhile, when India’s captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat, opening batter Shubman Gill smashed a magnificent century to put his team in control. When Rohit was out, Gill took over and the two of them put together a 50-run opening wicket stand.

Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan were also despatched for low scores, continuing India’s pattern of regular wicket losses. However, Gill kept up his prolific scoring, and his partnerships with Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav helped the team keep up a healthy run rate.

Gill’s century propelled him over Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan to become India’s fastest player to reach 1000 runs in one-day internationals.

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