In this fast-paced world of T20 cricket, Test cricket, in the last month or so has managed to rise on top and win the hearts of cricket maniacs the world over. The credit for the same has to go to the principal governing body, ICC and the respective cricket boards for promoting and going that extra mile to ensure that the cricket’s oldest format gets its due respect and status. Even current generation cricketers are prioritising playing the format and calling it their greatest dream to represent the country in the whites. For them, all the formats stand alike and are willing to perform in whichever opportunity their country presents.
Thus said, there are numerous examples of players, who got their due opportunity at the Test arena after impressing the selectors with a consistent show at the domestic circuit and then made it big on their dream debut. While some managed to leave a stellar mark behind in any one department, a few went onto dominate in both aspects and came up as an all-round option going forward. Their magnificent showing on debut rightly assisted their teams in procuring some sort of momentum and giving it back to the opposition in their own backyard. Since India has become the talking point in cricket after their historic Test series win down under, this article focuses on the players belonging to the proud nation. In the below piece, we look at 5 such Indian players, who scored more than 50 runs and took 3 or more wickets on Test debut:
1. Washington Sundar
One of the many heroes, who assisted India in breaching the Australian fortress, Brisbane and winning the recent series 2-1, Sundar was highly impressive on his Test debut.
Coming in place of an injured Ashwin, Sundar played a role in restricting Australia to 369 in their first innings with his excellent figures of 3-89. Later, when the team was in trouble at 6-186 during their batting innings, he combined with Thakur to stitch a 123-run stand with the former scoring 62 off 144 balls.
Owing to them, India could reduce the deficit and saw them set a target of 328 after the hosts managed 294 in their second innings. Yet again Sundar starred with the bat, smashing 22 off 29 balls to help Pant, who chronicled 89 off 138 balls to pull off a heist creating a rare history.
2. Hanuma Vihari
The shining light during the 3rd Test of the recently concluded series, who defied the Australians and denied them a win, Vihari achieved the feat during the 5th Test of India’s tour of England in 2018.
England, who posted a decent 332 in their first innings, came out all guns blazing during the Indian batting innings. The visitors were in danger of getting dismissed cheaply and handing their opposition a hefty lead. But, it wasn’t to be as Vihari stood tall with a well-made 56 off 124 balls, helping India reach 292.
The batting all-rounder then bagged 3-37 to halt the England chariot at 423 after they threatened to post over 500 in the second innings. Hapless, India couldn’t avoid a defeat as they were bowled out for 345 and handed the hosts a win by 118 runs.
3. Sourav Ganguly
The former captain of the Indian team, Ganguly made it to the list during the 2nd Test of India’s tour of England in 1996. The hosts, who batted first posted 344 on the back of a brilliant 124 by Russell while Ganguly hogged the limelight with his medium pace, picking 2-49.
In reply, India managed 429, owing to Ganguly’s 131 and took a valuable first-innings lead. Unfortunately, the visitors could not earn a result as England drew the Test, finishing at 278-9. Ganguly yet again was impressed with the ball with figures of 3-0-5-1, taking the cricketing world by storm in his debut Test.
4. Dattu Phadkar
This legendary Indian player accomplished the landmark during the 2nd Test of India’s tour of Australia in 1947. The visitors while batting first posted a paltry 188 owing to Phadkar’s 51 which gave them something to bowl at.
In return, Australia were skittled out for a mere 107 where yet again, Phadkar stole the limelight with 3-14. Unexpectedly, the match got very tight in the end as the touring party saved a day for themselves and drew the Test, finishing the innings and the day at 61-7.
5. Amar Singh
Singh made his way into this elite list during the only Test against England at Lord’s in 1932. The hosts, who batted first managed 259 where Singh and Nissar starred with the ball for the visitors with figures of 2-75 and 5-93 respectively.
India, however, in return could only manage 189 and bestowed England a vital advantage. Riding high on this first-innings lead, England posted 275-8 in their second innings where yet again Singh impressed the onlookers with 2-84.
The lead obtained helped England in putting pressure on India and bowling them out for 187 in their second innings, winning the game by 158 runs. The win, though, could not stop Singh from scoring India’s first-ever Test fifty, blasting an important 51 to give his side a glimmer of hope.