England tour of India - Cricket: Bangar achieves feat of wicket in 1st over of debut

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 22:20 [IST]
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January 25, 2002, would be imbibed as a red-letter day in the cricketinglife of Sanjay Bangar as he not only became the 141st player torepresent India in the Limited Over Internationals (LOI) but also roseto the occasion by accomplishing the rare feat of taking a wicket in hisvery first over on debut.He is the 3rd Indian to perform such a feat against England the othertwo being R S Ghai and P L Mhambrey. He thus joined the select band of11 others who had performed the feat of taking a wicket in their firstover in LOI in so far as Indians are concerned.But Bangars performance is more memorable because he is only theseventh Indian to perform the feat on debut. Bangar achieved thisdistinction when he dismissed England skipper Nasser Hussain with thesecond delivery of his very first over in the day/night match atChennai. The elite Indian seven who have taken a wicket in their veryfirst over in LOI on debut are:
RS Ghai2nd ballvs EngPune05.12.1984Vic:RT Robinson
AS Wassan4th ballvs NZDunedin02.03.1990Vic: JG Wright
 5th ballvs NZDunedin02.03.1990Vic: AH Jones
PL Mhambrey5th ballvs EngOval23.05.1996Vic:NMK Smith
DS Mohanty5th ballvs PakToronto13.09.1997Vic:Saeed Anwar
SS Raul5th ballvs PakToronto13.09.1998Vic:Inzamam-ul-Haq
A Nehra2nd ballvs ZimHarare24.06.2001Vic:ADR Campbell
S Bangar2nd ballvs EngChennai25.01.2002Vic:Nasser Hussain
A S Wassan is only the 3rd bowler in the world to take two wickets in aover on debut the other two being G F Labrooy of Sri Lanka (vs Indiaat Sharjah on November 27 1986) and S A Thomson of New Zealand (also vsIndia at Dunedin on March 02 1990). West Indian captain Clive Lloydsurprisingly also has taken two wickets in an over (vs England at Ovalon September 07 1973) but not on debut.Apart from the above seven players, the other Indians who have captureda wicket in their maiden over in LOI (not on debut) are:
SM Gavaskar2nd ballvs PakSialkot13.10.1978Vic: Zaheer Abbas
WV Raman3rd ballvs WIRajkot05.01.1988Vic: DL Haynes
SV Manjrekar2nd ballvs AusHobart10.12.1991Vic: DM Jones
VG Kambli4th ballvs NZDelhi03.11.1994Vic: SB Doull
S Ramesh1st ballvs WISingapore05.09.1999Vic:NA McLean
In all Bangars performance is the 72nd occasion in which 68 players(including 54 players on debut) have taken a wicket in their very firstover in a Limited Over International. This is inclusive of 12 players,who are quoted to have taken a wicket in their very first over in LOI(not necessarily on debut) but records do not indicate as to with whichparticular delivery they have taken a wicket.As per available records, those who have performed the bowlers dream oftaking a wicket in their very first ball on debut in an LOI areEnglands G G Arnold, Pakistans Shahid Mehboob, New Zealands SAThomson, Zimbabwes E Matambanadzo, West Indies W W Hinds and Kenyas JAbabu.

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