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5 bowlers who took the most wickets on Test debut

Ram Kumar
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#4 Jason Krejza - 12/358 (2008)

Jason Krejza
Krejza's effort could not prevent Australia from slipping to a 172-run defeat

In the final Test of the 2008 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia finally ditched the ploy of playing only one specialist spinner on conducive Indian pitches. On a dusty Nagpur surface, seamer Stuart Clark made way for debutant Jason Krejza. Not a lot was expected from the novice off-spinner as the then Indian batting lineup comprised of numerous accomplished players against the turning ball.

After winning the toss, India predictably chose to bat first. The opening duo of debutant Murali Vijay as well as the explosive Virender Sehwag set the platform with a solid first-wicket stand. Krejka left everyone in disbelief by dismissing Rahul Dravid for a duck. He followed the massive scalp by removing the dangerous Sehwag too.

Riding on Sachin Tendulkar's sublime century and vital contributions from the other middle-order batsmen, India amassed 441 in their first innings. From a whopping 43.5 overs, Krejza finished with eight wickets at the cost of 215 runs. In the second innings, the tall off-spinner picked up four wickets whilst conceding 143 runs. But his persistent efforts were not enough to prevent India from cruising to a comfortable victory and the accompanying series triumph.

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