List of India cricketers who have taken five wickets on Test debut

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Members of the 1932 Indian Test cricket team that visited England.
The Indian Test team that toured England in 1932

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1][2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. A five-wicket haul on debut is regarded by critics as a notable achievement.[3][4] As of June 2015, 144 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on Test match debut,[5] out of which eight are from the India national cricket team.[6] The five-wicket hauls were taken against four different opponents – three each against Australia and West Indies, and one each against England and Pakistan. The eight occasions have resulted in four wins, two losses and two draws. The five-wicket hauls were taken at seven different venues, five in India, two of which were taken at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi.

The first Indian to take a five-wicket haul was Mohammad Nissar who took 5 wickets for 93 runs during India's first Test, in June 1932 against England.[a][8] Vaman Kumar, a leg spinner, was the next to achieve this feat. His figures of 5 wickets for 64 runs took India close to winning a match against Pakistan during the latter's tour of India in 1960–61.[9][10] In December 1967, Syed Abid Ali took 6 wickets for 55 runs against Australia. The figures remain the best by an Indian fast bowler on debut.[11] Narendra Hirwani's 8 wickets for 61 runs against the West Indies, in January 1988, are the best bowling figures by an Indian on Test debut.[b] His aggregate of 16 wickets for 136 runs in the match are a record for any bowler on debut. As of June 2015, he is the only Indian cricketer to take ten or more wickets in a Test match on debut.[13]

The most recent Indian cricketer to achieve this feat was Mohammed Shami, who took 5 wickets for 47 runs against West Indies in November 2013. India won the match by an innings and 52 runs.[14] Nissar, Ali and Shami are the only fast bowlers to achieve this feat, with rest of the five being spin bowlers.[15]

Key[edit]

  • Date – Starting date of the Test match
  • Overs – Number of overs bowled in that innings
  • RunsRuns conceded
  • Wkts – Number of wickets taken
  • Batsmen – The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul.
  • EconBowling economy rate (average runs per over)
  • Inn – The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken.
  • Result – The result for the India team in that match.
  • dagger – The bowler was selected "Man of the match".
  • double-dagger – 10 wickets or more taken in the match.

Five-wicket hauls[edit]

Five-wicket hauls on Test debut by Indian bowlers
No. Bowler Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Mohammad Nissar 25 June 1932 Lord's, London  England 1 26.0 93 5 3.57 Lost[7]
2 Vaman Kumar 8 February 1961 Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi  Pakistan 2 37.5 64 5 1.69 Drawn[16]
3 Syed Abid Ali 23 December 1967 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  Australia 1 17.0 55 6 2.42 Lost[17]
4 Dilip Doshi 11 September 1979 Madras Cricket Club Ground, Madras  Australia 1 43.0 103 6 2.39 Drawn[18]
5 Narendra Hirwani double-dagger 11 January 1988 MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras  West Indies 2 18.3 61 8 3.29 Won[19]
6 Amit Mishra 17 October 2008 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali  Australia 2 26.4 71 5 2.66 Won[20]
7 Ravichandran Ashwin[c] dagger 6 November 2011 Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi  West Indies 3 21.3 47 6 2.18 Won[21]
8 Mohammed Shami[d] 8 November 2013 Eden Gardens, Kolkata  West Indies 3 13.1 47 5 3.56 Won[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It was a one-off Test series.[7]
  2. ^ As of June 2015, the figures are the third best by an Indian bowler.[12]
  3. ^ Ashwin's five wicket haul came in the West Indies' second innings.
  4. ^ Shami's five wicket haul came in West Indies' second innings.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  3. ^ Shetty, Disha (27 September 2014). "Wahab Riaz, and strength in adversity". Wisden India. FW Sports and Media India Private Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "2011 – A great year for debutant bowlers". CNN-IBN. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bowling records:Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bowling records: Test matches (India)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Only Test: England v India at Lord's, Jun 25–28, 1932". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "First Test match, Lord's – England v India 1932". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Heinrich, Scott (28 February 2005). "Pakistan in India – a retrospective". BBC. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Ramchand, Partab. "Vaman Kumar". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Jayaraman, Shiva (6 November 2013). "Bhuvneshwar has Gayle's number". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a innings on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a match on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "1st Test, Kolkata – India v West Indies, 2013–14". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "5th Test: India v Pakistan at Delhi, Feb 8–13, 1961". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "1st Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 23–28, 1967". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "1st Test: India v Australia at Chennai, Sep 11–16, 1979". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "4th Test: India v West Indies at Chennai, Jan 11–15, 1988". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "2nd Test: India v Australia at Mohali, Oct 17–21, 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6–9, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6–10, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2013.