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5 cricketers who faded away after brilliant debut performances

Poor performances on foreign soil was Narendra Hirwani’s bane 

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Modified 24 Mar 2017
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Australian Jason Krejza’s 12-wicket debut performance against India is all but forgottenCricket lovers around the world and across history have been witness to many glittering careers which started just as superbly as they ended. Some debutants like Allan Donald, who claimed five wickets in eight overs, and Andy Flower, who got 115 in 152 balls, went on to enthrall us for years. Their strong debut performances secured their places in the team and guaranteed entertainment for us.However, that was not the case with a few other cricketers. In spite of having begun with a bang, these players faded away from the international scene either due to loss of form, or because of non-selection.With stunning performances on debut they took the world by storm, but fizzled out soon after and were all but forgotten.Here is a look at five cricketers who faded away after brilliant debut performances:

#1 Narendra Hirwani (India)

Narendra Hirwani started as a leg-spinner in Test cricket before Shane Warne made leg-spin fashionable again. His Test career started with a bang, as the bespectacled 19-year-old took 16 wickets for 136 runs on his debut against West Indies at Madras in 1987-88.

Hirwani’s performance cemented his place in the side and he took 20 more wickets in his next three Test appearances. However, his fortunes changed when he left the spin-friendly surfaces of India. The deliveries which had spun viciously at the batsmen on the home turf now turned into easy balls abroad. 

The magic never quite returned, and the arrival of Anil Kumble sentenced him largely to domestic cricket. He was in and out of the Indian team after that. 

This cricketer from Madhya Pradesh still has the best figures on debut but has gone down in Indian cricket history as the star that blazed for one magnificent Test before burning out.

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Published 12 Nov 2015
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