Test bowlers who failed on debut

England’s Adil Rashid became the unlikely hero for England on the last day of the first Test against Pakistan, but not before he had set an unwanted Test record in the first innings-the worst innings bowling by a debutant. This is assuming that no wicket was taken.

(All statistics are up to the end of the Abu Dhabi and Galle Tests)

Worst innings bowlings for no wkt on debut-innings

He took over the record from Australia’s one-test player BE McGain, while India’s Pankaj Singh is a close third. A few well-known names appear here, such as RG Nadkarni, GOB Allen and even JR Thomson. Bangladesh’s Abul Hasan at least got a century at No 10 to compensate; oddly enough he scored 113 in that innings to go with his 0-113.

A more unwanted record would pertain to those who failed to take any wicket in the match (though in some cases only one innings was bowled):

Most runs conceded on debut with no wicket in match

Here Pankaj Singh is in top place, surpassing Pakistan’s Sohail Khan and the better-known Aaqib Javed. McGain’s 0-149 in an innings gets him into 4th place here. Some famous names here include RG Nadkarni, MA Holding, HH Streak, GOB Allen and others we have met before such as Abul Hasan and JR Thomson.

Of course, one may be able to take a wicket or two and yet concede a large number of runs. Now we look at those who took wickets but conceded the most runs in an innings on debut:

Worst innings bowlings by runs conceded on debut-innings

Here the leader is a current Sri Lankan player S Randiv who took over the lead from Australia’s JJ Krejza in 2010. Not many well-known players here, until you come to the very bottom to the Australian who took one wicket (Ravi Shastri) on debut. Typical of players on this list are RB Desai and Surendranath, who were India’s opening bowlers around 1960. There are several who took expensive fivers on debut but had rather short careers (Krejza being a good example as he played only one more Test). Adil Rashid finds his place in the middle of this list.

And finally we look at the most expensive match bowling figures on debut:

Worst match bowling on debut where wickets were taken-match

A surprisingly large number of bowlers conceded 200 or more runs in the match on debut. These include the luckless Krejza with 12-358 in a Test lost by Australia. The only other 10-for here is AL Valentine’s 11-204. The West Indies lost this Test, but in the next three Tests he and his “old pal of mine” Ramadhin combined to wreck England.

Rashid finds his place here towards the middle with 5-227. There are a few current players who are yet unproven (such as KV Sharma and PHT Kaushal) but the only other well-known player is AA Mailey with his 6-200.

Next time we move to happier topics with the best bowling figures on debut.

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