Best debut wickets taken by bowlers in Test cricket

Australia v India - 1st Test: Day 5
Lyon had a sensational debut
Modified 05 Dec 2017
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Just as batsmen cherish their first runs in international cricket, successful bowlers are often remembered for their exploits with the ball during their debut game. The longevity of a bowler's career is partly attributed to his performance in his debut game, as a good performance results in a longer run with the team.

Only certain bowlers seem to relish pressure situations though. On that note, let's take a look at the best wickets taken by a bowler on debut.

Note: This list is ranked according to the quality of the deliveries and the caliber of the batsman in question.

#5 Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon is one of the best bowlers in world cricket today, and is a terrific exponent of spin bowling. Lyon currently holds the record for the most wickets taken by an off-spinner for Australia.

Lyon made his debut against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2011 and picked up his first wicket in International cricket off the very first ball he bowled. He picked up the crucial wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, inducing an edge from the Sri Lankan great off a delivery that spun sharply. It was neatly snapped up by Michael Clarke at first slip, as Lyon announced his arrival on the International stage with a bang.

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Published 05 Dec 2017
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