Krunal Pandya hugs Charith Asalanka during 1st ODI between India and Sri Lanka; netizens turn the photo into hilarious memes

Krunal Pandya registered figures of 10-1-26-1 in the 1st ODI on Sunday.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 19 July 2021 12:34 pm

The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka produced some exciting cricket in the first half at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. After winning the toss, newly-appointed skipper Dasun Shanaka opted to bat first on Sunday. A new-look opening combination of Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka got the hosts off to a steady start with the score reading 49/0 in 9 overs.

This is when India's captain Shikhar Dhawan introduced spin for the first time in the match and Yuzvendra Chahal got the crucial breakthrough on the very first delivery. A few overs later, Kuldeep Yadav also got into the action as he took two quick wickets to put Sri Lanka on the backfoot. The third spinner for Men in Blue - Krunal Pandya had also been brought into the attack and he also produced a moment in the match that left the fans in splits.

Krunal Pandya produces another image for meme-makers

The all-rounder has a history of producing some hilarious moments on the field which are usually converted into memes by the netizens. From his brilliant expressions to his cheeky actions, fans love what Krunal Pandya brings to the table during a cricket match. The 30-year-old is the perfect all-rounder, who can bat, ball, field and entertain, simultaneously.

In the 22nd over of the game when Krunal was bowling, batsman Dhananjaya de Silva played a shot straight down the wicket. The left-arm spinner dived towards his right to stop the ball but in the process, he bumped into Charith Asalanka who was standing at the non-striker's end. As it happened, Krunal was captured hugging Asalanka as fans came up with their own creativity to caption the image.

While some were confused about what was happening, the others hilariously claimed it was Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda in a parallel universe. Some users also brought Rahul Dravid into the equation and came up with some really funny memes.

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Talking about the match, it was a good outing for Krunal Pandya on Sunday. The all-rounder took the crucial wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva and ended his quota of overs in the 1st ODI with figures reading 10-1-26-1.