Top 10: Best Bowling Figures on Test Debut

This article will discuss the top bowling performances of cricketers in their career Test debut matches.

We will divide this article into two:

  • Best bowling figures in an innings on Test debut
  • Best bowling figures in both innings of the debut Test match (combined bowling figure)

Best Bowling Figures (Innings) by a Test Debutant

The best bowling figures in an innings by a Test debutant are presented below:

1Albert Trott (AUS)8/43England2Adelaide1895
2Robert Massie (AUS)8/53England2Lord’s1972
3Narendra Hirwani (IND)8/61West Indies1Chennai1988
4Lance Klusener (SA)8/64India2Eden Garden’s1996
5Narendra Hirwani (IND)8/75West Indies2Chennai1988
6Robert Massie (AUS)8/84England1Lord’s1972
7Alfred Valentine (WI)8/104England1Manchester1950
8Jason Krezja (AUS)8/215India1Nagpur2008
9Kyle Abbott (SA)7/29Pakistan1Centurion2013
10Dominic Cork (ENG)7/43West Indies2Lord’s1995
Top 5 Bowling Figures in an innings by Test Debutants

Key Stats

Albert Trott’s figures of 8/43 recorded in the 19th century is still the best bowling figures by a Test debutant in an innings.

India’s Narendra Hirwani and Australia’s Robert Massie have featured twice in the above list by picking 8 wicket-hauls in both innings of their respective debut Test matches. You can check the scorecard of those games here and here.

Massie’s 8/53 in his 2nd bowling innings is the best away bowling performance by a Test debutant.

Australia’s Jason Krezja’s 8-wicket haul in Nagpur is the only entrant from the 21st century.

Best Bowling Figures (Match) by a Test Debutant

1Narendra Hirwani (IND)16/136West IndiesChennai1988
2Robert Massie (AUS)16/137EnglandLord’s1972
3Frederick Martin (ENG)12/102AustraliaThe Oval1890
4Prabath Jayasuriya (SL)12/177AustraliaGalle2022
5Jason Krejza (AUS)12/358IndiaNagpur2008
6Clarence Grimmett11/82EnglandSydney1925
7Charles Marriott (ENG)11/96West IndiesThe Oval1933
8Alf Hall (SA)11/112EnglandCape Town1923
9Mohammad Zahid (PAK)11/130New ZealandRawalpindi1996
10Alec Bedser (ENG)11/145IndiaLord’s1946
Top 5 Bowling Figures in a match by Test Debutants

Key Stats

Picking up 8 wickets in each innings against West Indies in 1988, Narendra Hirwani recorded the best figures in a match by a Test debutant.

Australia’s Robert Massie is second on the list conceding just one more run than Hirwani.

Starting with an impressive 11-wicket haul in the debut Test match, Australia’s Clarence Grimmett went on to be one of the fastest bowlers to pick 150 Test wickets in his short timespan of 37 Tests. He also had this splendid record in the later part of his career.

Yajuvendra Singh (India) holds the record for taking most number of catches by a Test debutant as a fielder. He took 7 catches against England in his debut match in 1977. You can find here a detailed list of catching records in cricket.

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