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Bowlers whose maiden T20 wicket was Virat Kohli

  • Many surprising names are a part of this list.
Yash Mittal
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:00 IST

International cricket can be excruciatingly tough for a debuting bowler especially in this era of modest grounds, enormous bats and flat pitches where they can sometimes be reduced to a mere bowling machine. The aforementioned factors rendered against a newcomer make his first wicket all the more special, and if that is the wicket of India's superstar Virat Kohli, it makes the occasion sacred for him irrespective of what he manages to achieve during the course of his career.

Tabraiz Shamsi did experience that moment at the Wanderers when he trapped Kohli (26) LBW to notch his first T20I wicket, a consolation after the latter had been dropped in his previous over. Shamsi joined a coveted or rather blessed set of bowlers whose debut wicket just happened to be the Indian skipper.

Here's a list of the bowlers whose maiden T20 wicket happened to be that of Kohli:

 #5 Jasprit Bumrah, India


When: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Banglore, 2013

One of the success tales that has helped India solve their death-overs conundrum has been Jasprit Bumrah. With his unorthodox action and immaculate yorkers, Bumrah was fast-tracked into the IPL by Mumbai Indians even before his first-class debut for Vidarbha.

Bumrah has an uncanny ability to get established batsmen out as his maiden wicket, a trend that commenced with Virat Kohli's wicket when he trapped him LBW in an IPL game. That trend continued when he made his international debut, with Steve Smith and AB de Villiers being his first ODI and Test wickets respectively.

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Published 20 Feb 2018, 16:35 IST
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