Southampton, July 31: India paceman Pankaj Singh has claimed an unwanted record in his debut against England here on the fourth day of the third Test on Wednesday (July 30).
With the 29-year-old failing to take a wicket in both innings of his maiden Test appearance, he has set a new record for wicketless debut.
Pankaj's match figures of 0/179 are the worst for a debutant not taking a wicket. He surpassed Pakistan's Sohail Khan (0/164).
The tall bowler from Rajasthan was handed India Test cap by former India captain Sourav Ganguly on the first day of the match on Sunday (July 27). He came in as a replacement for the injured Ishant Sharma.
Pankaj has taken 300 wickets in his 77 first-class matches. He had played 1 ODI for India in 2010.
He could have taken his maiden Test wicket on the first day itself but Ravindra Jadeja dropped Alastair Cook's catch in the slips. Cook was on 15 then and went on to make 95.
Pankaj was unlucky not to have taken a wicket in this Test. He bowled well and earned praise from former cricketers.
He bowled 37 overs in the first innings with figures of 0/146. In the second essay, he was given 10 overs and that cost 33 runs.
Worst wicketless Test debuts (Top 5)
0/179 (47 overs) - Pankaj Singh Vs England, Southampton (2014)
0/164 (27) - Sohail Khan (Pakistan) Vs Sri Lanka, Karachi (2009)
0/160 (47) - Aaqib Javed (Pakistan) Vs New Zealand, Wellington (1989)
0/149 (18) - Bryce McGain (Australia) Vs South Africa, Cape Town (2009)
0/142 (36) - John Warr (England) Vs Australia, Sydney (1951)