Debutant left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s Test and series win against Bangladesh, especially as the first Test was played on a batting paradise.
In the second Test he took 6-92 and 5-86, making a total of 11-178.
This was the best by a Sri Lankan bowler on debut in an innings:
Note that his name appears twice here, for his 6-for as well as 5-for.
And the best match figures by a Sri Lankan bowler on debut:
We see that he is the first Sri Lankan bowler to take 10 wickets on debut.
Now let us see about left-arm spinners on debut:
Jayawickrama has the third-best figures here.
A more surprising result is obtained when we see the match bowling figures of this category on debut:
Here, he has the best match figures of debutants in this category, edging out the famous Alf Valentine’s figures in 1950.