10 Most Sensational Debuts for India

    Getting the opportunity to represent your country at the international level is a rare opportunity thrust upon a few gifted individuals. And it is even rarer to be able to be your best and deliver the best on the very first day of your showmanship. This is a commemoration of those few players who made India proud on the very first day they were capped.


    10Syed Abid Ali

    An athletic, brisk medium pace bowler who exuded energy to others in the field, Syed Abid Ali, was born on the 9th of September 1941 in Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh. He represented Hyderabad state team in the domestic tournament and was picked for the Indian team replacing the injured captain M. A. K. Pataudi, for the Indian tour of Australia in December 1967.

    Ali was a right arm medium pace bowler and a right handed middle order batsman. His debut was the first Test of the Australian tour played at Adelaide. Australia decided to bat first after winning the toss and set a total of 335 in the first innings with most of their top order batsmen contributing with half centuries. Abid Ali was the only bowler who stood as a barrier for the Aussies to reach a massive score. Had it not been for Ali’s magical figures of 6 for 55, the Kangaroos would have made a 500 plus score. He dismissed almost all the top scoring batsmen on the Aussie line-up not letting them continue for long. In reply, India compiled a competitive total of 307 and Abid Ali made his contribution in the middle order with a valuable 33 runs. Australia, batting in the second innings, set a target of 398 runs for India but they fell 146 runs short. Again in the second innings Ali scored 33 runs with the bat.

    His figures remained best by an Indian on debut for 21 years until Narendra Hirwani broke it in 1988. Later on he served as the coach for Hyderabad state team, UAE national team and the Maldivian team.

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    1. G.R.Vishwanath’ s test debut must be highlighted.
      In the 1969 test series against mighty Australia, he scored 0 and a sensational 137 in his debut test at Kanpur. This included 25 fours and effectively ended Australian leg spinner John Gleeson’s test career.

    2. Both bowling and batting performances are considered and the debut performances that had the highest impact on the match result have been included. So, there is a chance of the performances you guys have mentioned being left out. Cool down guys…!

    3. Bhai Sourav Ganguly scored 131 on debut.Plus he toom 2/49 in first innings (wickets of Graeme Hick and Nasser Hussain) and 1/5 in 2nd innings (wicket of Jack Russell).Even as a bowler this would have been a great debut in Lords..leave aside his century..so your argument of both bowling and batting does not stand..u cant compare robin uthappa to Ganguly,Azhar,Sehwag,Dravid,Viswanath s debut..

    4. You forgot Surender Amarnath sensational century on debut, Mohammed Azharuddin three continuous centuries on debut .? which is a world record?

    5. I don’t think there has been more sensational debut then Mohammed Azharuddin. Scoring 3 centuries on debut & deprived of 4th by the Great Mr. Sunil Gavaskar. Unfortunately his name is missing from the list.


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