The Baroda boy thus became 215th player to represent India in the ODIs. Pandya was handed over the ODI cap by former India captain Kapil Dev during the team huddle.
Pandya has represented India in sixteen Twenty20 international games but made his ODI debut today. He made his T20I debut in Australia earlier this year.
The all-rounder has accumulated 78 runs in 7 innings he has batted and scalped 15 wickets in the shortest format of the game.
Pandya, began his debut match by opening the bowling for India, and also made it memorable one by getting 3 wickets in his first spell. The right-handed bowler also impressed the experts with his pace.
Pandya finished with 3/31, the best stats in the match from the Indian side.
This is India's 900 ODI match, which is the most by any cricket playing nation. To commemorate the historic ocassion, the BCCI used a special gold coin for toss.
Twitterati congratulated Pandya soon after he made his ODI debut.
Here's how fans reacted on Twitter:
Word is that Hardik Pandya might have got a big thumbs up from his India 'A' coach.........— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 16, 2016
Memorable debut by Pandya. He wants a place in the Indian team real bad— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 16, 2016
So Hardik Pandya is trusted to bowl ten overs on a pitch that SMG calls a "road". Must see it as an opportunity to prove his bowling skills— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 16, 2016
Hardik Pandya makes his ODI debut today. He gets his cap from the legendary Kapil Dev. All the best Hardik! #OrangeArmy— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 16, 2016
Hardik Pandya is a pakka Mumbai Indian, king of comebacks ;)— Sachin #Ro45 #Sultan (@BeingSachinDg) October 16, 2016
Hardik Pandya has worked on his pace and with the late movement, he looks good. But he is expensive.#INDvNZ— Umang Pabari (@UPabari) October 16, 2016
Hardik Pandya has picked 3 wickets - Guptill, Anderson and Ronchi. All Mumbai Indians players! Tim Southee next? #indvsnz— RD (@long__leg) October 16, 2016
Meanwhile, Kallis on Hardik Pandya : that's my boy.. 😉 pic.twitter.com/IPy06dqnAj— hardik pandya (@PandyaHardik228) October 16, 2016
Hardik Pandya Showing His Skill.— Rudra (@Gullycricketer_) October 16, 2016
Great To See.#indvsnz