In the second T20I match against New Zealand, India named Harshal Patel, who won the Purple Cap of IPL 2021, in the playing XI. Through this match, Harshal Patel is making his India debut. With this Harshal became the 95th player to debut in T20I cricket for India. Ajit Agarkar handed over the debut cap to Harshal Patel before the second match against New Zealand.
Harshal Patel took 32 wickets in 15 matches in IPL 2021, which included a hat-trick. Harshal plays for RCB in the IPL and played an important role in taking RCB to the playoffs last season. Let us tell you, so far 11 players have made their debut in T20I from India in the year 2021 and this is the record for most players to debut in a calendar year. Earlier in 2006, 11 Indian players had made their T20I debuts.
Harshal Patel got the chance to debut at the age of 30 years 361 days and he is the sixth oldest player to debut in T20I for India. In this case, Rahul Dravid is first and Sachin Tendulkar is second.
Oldest player to make his T20I debut for India
38y 232d Rahul Dravid
33y 221d Sachin Tendulkar
31y 177d Srinath Arvind
31y 44d Stuart Binny
31y 39d Murali Karthik
30y 361d Harshal Patel
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