The highest lone five-for

After looking at those who scored the highest lone century, we look at those who took only one five-for and see who did the best.

This includes all 7wi and better.

The highest here is by Lance Klusener, who was making his debut. He never scored a five-for in Tests again, but did do so in ODIs. Second is SJ Snooke who had a shorter career. But he did take a ten-for, unlike Klusener. Then there is JJ Krejza who took 12 wickets on debut (which his team lost) and played only one more Test

There are many who do better on debut than in their later matches. Here we have Klusener, Krejza, Kendall (in the very first Test), Zahid, de Lange, Ashley (only one innings in his career).

Among current players there is only KC Brathwaite who bowled occasionally until his “breakthrough”.

From India, there are Agarkar (6/41), Ramchand (6/49), Abid Ali (6/55 on debut) and Shinde (6/91).

Now we consider the best innings figures by those who took only one four-for.

The first few names also appear in the first list: Emmett, de Lange, Hornibrook, Ashley and Brathwaite.

Debutants include Ashley (only test and innings), Kirtley and Coldwell.

Current players include Brathwaite and ML Cummings (not Pat !).

From India there are Agarkar, Ramchand and Shinde.

Agarkar’s only score above 50 was a century, along with his only 4+wi was a 6-for.

Four wickets in an innings on debut and never again

In earlier posts we have covered topics such as:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/century-on-debut-and-never-again/

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/50-plus-on-test-debut-and-never-again/

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/five-wickets-in-an-innings-and-never-again/

We now extend this to four (or more) wickets in an innings on debut and never again:

Four+ wickets in innings

A total of 96 players took four or more wickets in an innings on debut. Of these, 11 took four or more in each innings. Those listed here never took a four+ again.

You can see the famous cases of CS Marriott (11 wickets in his only Test) and others with a 10-for on debut (SF Burke, HHH Johnson, F Martin and Mohammad Zahid) who did not even manage a four-for later.  Also WH Ashley with a 7-for in his only innings bowled. Most had rather short careers.

The best innings performances here are 8-215 (JJ Krezja), 7-81 (M de Lange) and 7-95 (WH Ashley).

Then there was the strange case of the two unrelated players SA Banerjee and SN Banerjee who both took 4wi on debut in the 1948-49 I vs WI series and never played again.