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Instances of two wicketkeepers making their debut in the same match

In the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo both the teams bring in players who are making their debut in Tests and they are the wicketkeepers as well.

Naman Ojha and Kusal Perera (not in picture) made debut in the third Test between Sri Lanka and India 

In the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo both the teams bring in players who are making their debut in Tests and they are the wicketkeepers as well. For Sri Lanka, as Kumar Sangakkara has retired after the second Test, he is replaced by Kusal Perera. They do have their wicketkeeper-batsman who kept wickets in the first two Tests (Dinesh Chandimal) but Kusal Perera is playing as a wicketkeeper and Chandimal as a non-wicketkeeper.

For India, due to Wriddhiman Saha’s injury they called up Naman Ojha for the replacement. Thus, Naman Ojha is making his Test debut as a wicketkeeper. So for both teams the wicketkeepers are making their Test debut in the same match. The last such occasion was way back in 2000 in Bangladesh’s debut Test match against India at Dhaka. Khaled Mashud, the wicketkeeper, and all the Bangladeshi players made their Test debut as it was Bangladesh’s first ever Test match. For India, Saba Karim, the wicketkeeper, made his Test debut.

Overall, it is the 14th instances of two wicketkeepers making their Test debut in the same match. The first was obviously the first ever test match where everyone was making his debut - Australia vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 15, 1877. And there are instances where one of the teams was making its Test debut and a wicketkeeper from the other team, just like the Bangladesh vs India mentioned above.

The table below lists the instances of wicketkeepers from both the sides making their debut in the same match in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

Two wicketkeepers making their test debut in the same match

Wicketkeeper 1

Wicketkeeper 2

Teams

Venue

Season

Jack Blackham

Jack Selby

Australia v England

Melbourne

1876/77

Dick Lilley

James Kelly

England v Australia

Lord's

1896

Murray Bisset

Jack Board

South Africa v England

Johannesburg

1898/99

Sammy Carter

Dick Young

Australia v England

Sydney

1907/08

Tom Campbell

Bert Strudwick

South Africa v England

Johannesburg

1909/10

Barlow Carkeek

Tommy Ward

Australia v South Africa

Manchester

1912

Jock Cameron

Rony Stanyforth

South Africa v England

Johannesburg

1927/28

Harry Smith

Karl Nunes

England v West Indies

Lord's

1928

Ken James

Tich Cornford

New Zealand v England

Christchurch

1929/30

Dilawar Hussain

Hopper Levett

India v England

Kolkata

1933/34

Nana Joshi

Dick Spooner

India v England

Delhi

1951/52

Dave Williams

Dave Richardson

West Indies v South Africa

Bridgetown

1992

Khaled Mashud

Saba Karim

Bangladesh v India

Dhaka

2000/01

Kusal Perera

Naman Ojha

Sri Lanka v India

Colombo SSC

2015


  • As mentioned earlier, the first instance was in the first ever test match played.
  • It was the debut Test for West Indies (1928), New Zealand (1930) and Bangladesh (2000) and the wicketkeeper from opposition team also made his debut.
  • The most successful wicketkeeper among the names in the above table is Dave Richardson with 152 wicketkeeping dismissals in his 42 tests spanning from 1992 to 1998. He made his Test debut in South Africa’s first Test after readmission to International cricket where ten cricketers involving Richardson were playing their first Test match.
  • Sammy Carter scored 61 in his debut Test as wicketkeeper whereas Dilawar Hussain scored 59 & 57 in his debut Test. These are the only two to score 50+ on their debut amongst the above names.

Now let’s see the similar list for ODIs and T20Is.

Two wicketkeepers making their ODI debut in the same match

Wicketkeeper 1

Wicketkeeper 2

Teams

Venue

Season

Rod Marsh

Alan Knott

Australia v England

Melbourne

1970/71

Ken Wadsworth

Wasim Bari

New Zealand v Pakistan

Christchurch

1972/73

Bob Taylor

Deryck Murray

England v West Indies

Leeds

1973

John Maclean

Roger Tolchard

Australia v England

Sydney

1978/79

Mark Burgess

Sunil Jayasinghe

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Nottingham

1979

Taslim Arif

Clive Lloyd

Pakistan v West Indies

Karachi

1980/81

Nayan Mongia

Nisal Fernando

India v Sri Lanka

Rajkot

1993/94

Craig Wallace

Darren Ramasammy

Scotland v Canada

Ayr

2012


  • The first instance was as known the first ever ODI match.
  • The second was also the match where both teams were making their ODI debut.
  • Darren Ramsammy was making his List-A debut as well.

Two wicketkeepers making their T20I debut in the same match

Wicketkeeper 1

Wicketkeeper 2

Teams

Venue

Season

Brendon McCullum

Adam Gilchrist

New Zealand v Australia

Auckland

2004/05

Chris Read

Kamran Akmal

England v Pakistan

Bristol

2006

Mushfiqur Rahim

Brendan Taylor

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe

Khulna

2006/07

Rustam Bhatti

Wesley Barresi

Canada v Netherlands

Dubai DSC

2011/12

Jamie Atkinson

Subash Khakurel

Hong Kong v Nepal

Chittagong

2013/14


  • It was the first match for both teams in three of the five occasions listed above – The first, third and the fifth.
  • In the second instance, Pakistan was making its T20I debut.
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