Best debut bowling against India

The second Test at Centurion was noted for various things such as silly runouts and young Ngidi’s bowling. Here we look at the best bowling figures on debut against and for India (all figures as of 17 Jan 2018).

Best against India-innings (5wi): 

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Ngidi is in 5th position here, while his compatriot Klusener leads. That was to remain Klusener’s best in Tests, as in the case of Lever. Krezja’s effort came in a defeat for his team, and he played only one Test after this. Hazlewood is another current player in this list, while B Lee, like Bedser, had a long career.

Bedser and Pollard made their debut together. BR Taylor remains the only one in all Tests to make a century and take a fiver on debut. We will come to Lever’s similar record in a moment.

Best against India-match (7wm):

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The luckless Krezja tops this table. Bedser is second, and he followed with another 11-wicket haul in his second Test to start a long career for England. His partner Pollard is also here, though he had a relatively short career. Ngidi is relatively lower in this table as he took only one wicket in the first innings.

Hazlewood is the only other current player to appear here. Other famous names include B Lee and Trueman.

In an odd case of symmetry, JK Lever was the only one in all Tests to score a fifty and take a ten-for on debut. India’s S Venkataraghavan was in the Indian team on both occasions.

We also look at the corresponding figures for Indian bowlers on debut.

Best for India-innings (5wi):

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Hirwani steals the show here. He had a slightly better career than RAL Massie, who also took 16 wickets on debut. Ashwin and Shami are in the current team, as is Mishra from recent times. Nissar’s effort came in India’s first-ever Test.

Best for India-match (7wm):

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Hirwani again leads, with the best match figures in all Tests by a debutant. His 16-136 was just ahead of Massie’s 16-137. Shami, Ashwin and Mishra appear here as well. Doshi and Yadav had moderately successful careers.

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The other Test all-rounders-1

We start with the scorecard of the  England-South Africa Test at Lord’s:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2017/engine/match/1031437.html

Moeen Ali achieved the double of a fifty and 10 wickets in the match.

Now, the standard definition of a good all-round performance in a Test is a century and a fiver. Cricinfo provides this as a direct link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282793.html

There are 32 such instances at the time of writing.

The achievement of a fifty and 10wm is somewhat less common though the instances can be easily be got from Statsguru:

Fifty and 10 wickets in a Test (as on Jul 11, 2017)

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27 entries here, the most recent entrants here being Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Dilruwan Perera. Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do this 3 times. No one else has done it more than once.

Also note that Alan Davidson was the first to score a hundred runs and take 10 wickets in a match (though without a century). This was in the Brisbane tied Test of 1960. He held this record for over 19 years. It was not until 1980 that Botham became the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match. Imran repeated this a few years later and Shakib followed much later.

While the list of those who scored a century and 5wi is mostly populated by the better-known all-rounders ranging from Sobers to Botham to Ashwin, the second list has a few unexpected names. These include bowlers who were not considered recognized batsmen but somehow managed a fifty: e.g. JK Lever (on debut), Abdul Qadir, DW Steyn and PS de Villiers. Then there are non-regular bowlers (notably AR Border and MG Bevan) who were not regular bowlers but somehow managed a ten-wicket haul.

In several cases these were the only fifties or ten-fors the player achieved in their Test careers. The strangest case may be that of JK Lever, who is the only one to score a fifty and take ten wickets on his debut. He did not achieve either of these again in his 21-Test career.

Review of Tests between India and England-2

Hope you have read the first part.

The fielding and all-round records include a number of world Test records.

We now move to Fielding, starting with the most dismissals (15 and above):

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The first few names are on expected lines. Kirmani has the most stumpings (11) followed by PK Sen with 7 (although he is not in the above table). Among non-keepers, the most catches are by Gavaskar (35) and Dravid (30).

Innings fielding (5 dismissals and above):

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RW Taylor still has a share in the world Test record of 7 dismissals in an innings.

Among non-keepers, Yajurvindra Singh has the most catches (5). He still has a share in this world Test record, and is the only one to take 5 catches in an innings on debut. PK Sen has 4 stumpings, which was a share in the world Test record until 1987-88.

Match fielding (6 dismissals and above):

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RW Taylor’s 10 dismissals were then a world Test record. PK Sen again has the most stumpings (5) though he does not appear here. That was also a world Test record until KS More surpassed it in 1987-88.

Yajurvindra Singh with 7 catches as a non-keeper had a share in the world Test record until AM Rahane recently surpassed it. But he still holds the record for the most catches by a non-keeper on debut.

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.500 and above):

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The first few names are predictable, while Solkar and Dravid have the highest dismissal rates amongst non-keepers.

All-round performances (overall) with criteria given below:

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Botham and Mankad lead with Ashwin swiftly moving up. Broad, Moeen Ali and Jadeja are also here.

All-round match performances (minimum fifty and 5wi):

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Several instances of 100/5wi as well as 50/10wm, including Botham being the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match. JK Lever is the only one to score a fifty and take 10wm on debut.

Also note that the latest entrant RA Jadeja is the only one in all Tests to score a fifty, take 10 wickets and take more than 2 catches. B Kumar made a 50/5wi in successive Tests.