List of Pakistan cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut

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Shahid Afridi during Pakistan's tour of New Zealand in December 2010.
Shahid Afridi took five wickets for 52 runs in his debut Test, against Australia in 1998.[1]

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a significant achievement.[3] As of July 2017, 148 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on their debut in a Test match,[4] with ten of them being taken by Pakistani players.[5] They have taken a five-wicket haul on debut against seven different opponents: three times against New Zealand, twice against Australia, and once against Bangladesh, England, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe each.[6] Of the ten occasions, Pakistan won the match four times, and drew six times. The players have taken five-wicket hauls at eight different venues, including five outside Pakistan; three of them have achieved the feat at the National Stadium, Karachi.[7]

Arif Butt was the first Pakistani player to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut, he took six wickets for 89 runs against Australia in 1964.[8][9] Mohammad Nazir and Mohammad Zahid are the only bowlers to have taken seven wickets each. Butt and Tanvir Ahmed have taken six wickets each and six others have taken five wickets on debut.[5] Zahid took seven wickets for 66 runs, the best bowling figures by a Pakistani bowler on debut, against New Zealand in 1996, at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.[5] He accumulated 11 wickets for 130 runs in the match, the only Pakistani to take 10 or more wickets in a Test match on debut.[10] Amongst the bowlers, Shahid Afridi is the most economical, with 2.21 runs per over, and Zahid has the best strike rate.[note 1] As of 2014, the most recent bowler to achieve the feat was Tanvir Ahmed. He took six wickets for 120 runs against South Africa in 2010 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.[5][12]

Key

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result The result for the Pakistan team in that match
MoM Bowler selected as "Man of the match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
Drawn The match was drawn

Five-wicket hauls

Five-wicket hauls on Test debut by Pakistani bowlers
No. Bowler Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Butt, ArifArif Butt 4 December 1964 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 2 21.3 89 6 3.12 Drawn[9]
2 Nazir, MohammadMohammad Nazir 24 October 1969 National Stadium, Karachi  New Zealand 2 30.1 99 7 3.28 Drawn[13]
3 Nazir, ShahidShahid Nazir 17 October 1996 Sheikhupura Stadium, Sheikhupura  Zimbabwe 1 22.4 53 5 2.33 Drawn[14]
4 Zahid, MohammadMohammad ZahidMoMdouble-dagger 28 November 1996 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi  New Zealand 4 20.0 66 7 3.30 Won[10]
5 Afridi, ShahidShahid Afridi 22 October 1998 National Stadium, Karachi  Australia 1 23.3 52 5 2.21 Drawn[1]
6 Sami, MohammadMohammad SamiMoM 8 March 2001 Eden Park, Auckland  New Zealand 4 15.0 36 5 2.40 Won[15]
7 Ahmed, ShabbirShabbir Ahmed 20 August 2003 National Stadium, Karachi  Bangladesh 3 18.1 48 5 2.64 Won[16]
8 Arafat, YasirYasir Arafat 8 December 2007 M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore  India 1 39.0 161 5 4.12 Drawn[17]
9 Riaz, WahabWahab Riaz 18 August 2010 The Oval, London  England 1 18.0 63 5 3.50 Won[18]
10 Ahmed, TanvirTanvir Ahmed 20 November 2010 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
(neutral venue)
 South Africa 1 28.0 120 6 4.28 Drawn[12]

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ In cricket, strike rate is referred to the average number of deliveries bowled before a bowler takes a wicket.[11]
Specific
  1. ^ a b "3rd Test: Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Oct 22–26, 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  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. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  4. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Overall figures". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Overall figures (Pakistan)". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / By opposition team". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / Ground averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Test matches / Bowling records / By year of match start". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Only Test: Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Dec 4–8, 1964". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "2nd Test: Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Nov 28 – Dec 1, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Williamson, Martin. "An explanation of cricket – A glossary of cricket terms". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "2nd Test: Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi, Nov 20–24, 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "1st Test: Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Oct 24–27, 1969". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "1st Test: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, Oct 17–21, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "1st Test: New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Mar 8–12, 2001". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "1st Test: Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi, Aug 20–24, 2003". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "3rd Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Dec 8–12, 2007". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "3rd Test: England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 18–21, 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
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