List of India cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls 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 July 2017, 148 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on Test match debut,[5] out of which eight are from the India national cricket team. 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][7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10] 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.[12]

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.[13] Nissar, Ali and Shami are the only fast bowlers to achieve this feat, with rest of the five being spin bowlers.[14]

Key

  • 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

Five-wicket hauls on Test debut by Indian bowlers[15]
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[6]
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

  1. ^ It was a one-off Test series.[6]
  2. ^ As of June 2015, the figures are the third best by an Indian bowler.[11]
  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

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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. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "2011 – A great year for debutant bowlers". CNN-IBN. 30 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bowling records:Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Only Test: England v India at Lord's, Jun 25–28, 1932". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "First Test match, Lord's – England v India 1932". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Heinrich, Scott (28 February 2005). "Pakistan in India – a retrospective". BBC. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Ramchand, Partab. "Vaman Kumar". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Jayaraman, Shiva (6 November 2013). "Bhuvneshwar has Gayle's number". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a innings on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Best figures in a match on debut". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "1st Test, Kolkata – India v West Indies, 2013–14". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bowling records: Test matches (India)". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "5th Test: India v Pakistan at Delhi, Feb 8–13, 1961". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "1st Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 23–28, 1967". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "1st Test: India v Australia at Chennai, Sep 11–16, 1979". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 27 October 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "4th Test: India v West Indies at Chennai, Jan 11–15, 1988". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 27 October 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "2nd Test: India v Australia at Mohali, Oct 17–21, 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Delhi, Nov 6–9, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6–10, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
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