Krunal Pandya was taken to the cleaners in the first T20I against Australia | Getty

India all-rounder Krunal Pandya became the talk of the town on social media. The southpaw was slammed by Twitterati for his miserable performance in the first T20I against Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane on Wednesday (November 21).

Krunal conceded 55 runs in his 4 overs and was taken to the cleaners by Glenn Maxwell. During a rain-marred 17-overs-a-side contest, Maxwell smacked Pandya for three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to guide Australia to 158/4.

With the bat, Krunal could only manage 2 runs off 4 balls as India were needing 13 runs in the final over to win the match. After such a miserable show, the backlash from the fans was pretty much expected and Pandya had to face the wrath.

While some were clearly unhappy with Krunal Pandya being selected over Yuzvendra Chahal, some pointed out how Ravindra Jadeja could have been a better option with all the experience.

Here are some of the tweets:

Coming to the match, the revised target for the Men in Blue was 174 in 17 overs. Despite Dhawan’s sublime 76 off 42 balls and Dinesh Karthik’s breathtaking cameo (30 off 13 balls), India finished agonizingly short on 169/7. Adam Zampa was the stand-out bowler for the visitors, picking the crucial scalps of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in his 4 overs by conceding only 22 runs.

By virtue of this win, Australia have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-T20I series. Melbourne will host the second game on Friday (November 23).

By Salman Anjum