5 bowlers who took the most wickets on Test debut
For the vast majority of aspiring cricketers toiling long and hard in the domestic circuit, obtaining the maiden Test cap presents the toughest of all challenges. Some may react to the seminal moment with palpable emotion and consequently find it difficult to adapt to the rigours of international cricket. However, there have also been quite a few players who managed to respond to the prospect with succinct elation before going on to make lasting first impressions.
In this segment, let us take a close at five bowlers who have picked the most number of wickets in their respective Test debuts. While formulating this particular list, performances from both innings have been clubbed together. Considering the fact that there have been as many as seven bowlers with exactly 11 wickets in their respective debut matches, the least amount of runs conceded gains prominence as the secondary filter.
#5 Clarrie Grimmett - 11/82 (1925)
Very few bowlers in Test history have made stunning debuts and then gone on to attain meaningful careers. Clarrie Grimmett was one of those rare cricketers who just moved from strength to strength since entering the international arena. Australia's long-standing tradition of producing world-class leg-spinners began with Grimmett. 216 wickets from 37 Tests speak volumes of his legacy in the game.
Had he debuted when he was much younger, Grimmett could have played plenty more Tests. In what was a rarity even in those days, the leg-spinner had to wait until he was well over 33 before being deemed worthy enough of playing Test cricket.
When the moment finally came, Grimmett produced a befitting performance against the old rivals. On a typically dry track at the SCG, the wrist-spinner picked up five wickets in the first innings and six scalps in the second innings to spin England into submission. Among his victims were Frank Woolley and Sir Jack Hobbs.