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6 Indian players who took a wicket off their first balls in a particular format

Raina Singh
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Mohammad Hafeez off the very first ball of his ODI career
Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Mohammad Hafeez off the very first ball of his ODI career

Cricket is no less than a religion in India; it is a dream for every budding cricketer to get a chance to represent the Indian Cricket team. However, the struggle doesn't end there as these players need to put up an impressive show in the limited opportunities that they get at the international level.

In case of failures in a couple of matches, they are discarded and find it extremely difficult to make a comeback in the cutthroat competition for a place in the national side. If a player scores a hundred or takes wickets in his debut match in any format, it certainly helps him to cement a place in the Indian team. Especially for bowlers, to get a wicket on the very first ball in any format can help boost their confidence in a big way. 

There are only a handful of Indian players who have taken a wicket off their first balls in a particular format.


#6 Nilesh Kulkarni

Kulkarni appealing for a caught behind
Kulkarni appealing for a caught behind

Nilesh Kulkarni registered his name in the record books when he took the wicket of Marvan Atappatu on his first ball in Test cricket. He became the first Indian, and till date the only Indian, to achieve the feat.

Unfortunately, Kulkarni's dream debut soon turned into a nightmare as that wicket was the only wicket he was able to take in the entire match. Sri Lanka scored a record 952 runs in 274 overs, with Kulkarni bowling 70 of them. The spinner was called back into the Test side a couple of times where he played a couple of more Tests without much success and ended up taking just 2 wickets. 

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