Harare, June 11: In what could be termed as a dream debut, opener KL Rahul became first batsman in India to slam a century on his maiden ODI match.
With two just needed for India to win the 1st ODI against Zimbabwe, the 24-year-old Karnataka batsman smashed a six to reach the incredible milestone. He batted till the end to ensure a convincing victory for India in the short series.
The right-handed-batsman smashed his ton in 115 deliveries including 7 boundaries and six. He has also become only the 11 debutant to do so in 40-year-old history of ODI cricket.
Earlier in his innings, Lokesh Rahul went past Robin Uthappa's 86 which he scored in 2006 against England at Indore.
The right-handed batsman had already debuted for India in Test cricket against Australia on Dec 26, 2014.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had slammed his first century in his second Test match at Sydney.
5 top scorers for India on ODI debut:
1. KL Rahul 100* v Zimbabwe June 11, 2016
2. Robin Uthappa 86 v England 15 April 2006
3. Brijesh Patel 82 v England 13 July 1974
4. Navjot Singh Sidhu 73 v Australia 9 Oct 1987
5. Manish Pandey 71 v Zimbabwe 14 July 2015