Tests in 2022-Debutants

We now look at the best performances of those who made their debut in 2022.

Batting-40 or more runs in an innings:

Headed by Zakir Hasan whose 100 was the only century on debut, and J Overton with 97. Of special mention is T Chanderpaul with 51 and 45.

Batting-80 or more runs in a match:

Zakir Hasan and Saud Shakeel both scored above 100 runs on debut.

Bowling-4 or more wickets in an innings:

Led by Abrar Ahmed with 7-114, and P Jayasuriya with two 6-fors. Abrar also took a 4-for. MJ Potts’s 4-13 was very economical.

Bowling-8 or more wickets in a match:

P Jayasuriya and Abrar both took 10+ wickets on their debuts.

Fielding-4 dismissals in an innings:

SW Billings is the only one here.

Fielding-5 dismissals in a match:

Again, SW Billings is the only one here.

All-round: 50 runs and 5 wickets:

WG Jacks is the only one here.

All-round: 40 runs and 4 dismissals:

No one.

Tests in 2022-Bowling records

Continuing with the Test performances of 2022:

Most wickets-20 or more:

Lyon and Rabada both have 47 wickets, with Rabada having a better average.

The most 5wi are 4 by P Jayasuriya and 3 by Lyon. The former made his debut this year.

4 players have taken 10 wm once.

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi or better):

The best performance was MJ Henry’s 7-23. followed by two t-fors by KA Maharaj against Bangldesh. SN Thakur’s 7-for against SA is the best for India. Also note two 6-fors by P Jayasuriya against Australia at Galle on his debut, and Abrar Ahmed’s 7-for against England on his debut.

Best match bowling (Including all 9wm or better):

Led by P Jayasuriya’a 12-177 against Australia on debut, and Abrar Ahmed’s 11-234 also on debut. RA Jadeja’s 9-for is the ebst for India.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Only three players have bowled enough. NM Lyon has the best bowling average as well as the best economy rate and strike rate.

Review of Pakistan-England Tests (Dec 2022)-Part 2

Hope you have read Part 1.

Now we look at individual performances in


Most wickets (35 and above):

Qadir and Anderson share the record with 82 wickets. Anderson had played in part of this series. His long-term partner Broad is next with 67.

Best innings bowling (including7wi or more):

Led by Qadir and Botham, the latter taking 8-34 at Lord’s. The best in this series was 7-114 by Abrar Ahmed who was making his debut.

Best match bowling (including 10wm or more):

Led by Underwood and Qadir who each took 13 wickets. In this series Abrar Ahmed took 11-234 on debut

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

The best bowling averages are by Anderson followed by Broad. The best economy rates are by Iqbal Qasim and DA Allen. The best strike rates are by Waqar Younis and Anderson.

Now for


Most dismissals (20 and above):

Headed by Wasim Bari, followed by Kamran Akmal and Knott. Bari and Sarfraz Ahmed have the most stumpings with 4. Root has the most catches by a fielder with 25.

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Sarfraz Ahmed took 5 dismissals on 2 occasions, while GO Jones did so twice. No fielder took more than 4 catches.

Best match fielding (7 dismissals or more):

Wasim Bari and Kamran Akmal took 8 dismissals in a match. No fielder took more than 6.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings and 0.600):

Led by Knott and RW Taylor, followed by Wasim Bari. Root has the best rate for fielders.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Broad and Botham have the best performances.

Match performances

50+ and 5wi in the match

Of these, the best would be Botham’s century and 8wi, and Qadir’s 61 and 10wm. Honourable mention to Imran Khan’s 100 runs and 8wm in 1982.

Debut bowling records by and in Pakistan

Best bowling figures in an innings by Pakistani players on Test debut:

We see that Abrar Ahmed is in 3rd position here, after Mohammad Zahid (1996) and Mohammad Nazir (1969). Most of these bowlers had short Test careers. Perhaps Abrar will fare better. Bilal Asif’s 6-36 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away (rather, neutral) Test. Arif Butt’s 6-89 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away Test.

We also see the best innings figures by any bowler on Test debut in Pakistan:

Abrar Ahmed is third on this list as well. Also note England’s WG Jacks in the first Test of this series.

After England’s second innings, we look at the revised records for match bowling.

Best match bowling on debut for Pakistan:

Abrar Ahmed’s 11-234 is the second-best for Pakistan, after Mohammad Zahid’s 11-130. We also see that Aizaz Cheema’s 8-103 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away Test.

Best match bowling on debut in Pakistan:

Here, too, Abrar comes second after M Zahid. The best performance by a visiting bowler on debut was 6-85 by RMH Cottam in 1969.