Cricket fans around the world have witnessed great performances from the players who ruled cricket for years since their debut. Allan Donald claimed five wickets in eight overs and Andy Flower scored 115 off 152 balls, that startled everyone. They earned a place in the national team for years.
But there are a few cricketers who produced an outstanding performance on their debut but fizzled out after that from international cricket.
Here are five cricketers who faded away after their dream debut.
1) Narendra Hirwani
He started his career before Shane Warne made leg spin fashionable. His career started with a bang as the 19-year-old grabbed 16 wickets for 136 runs in his debut against West Indies in Madras in 1987 and 88. He cemented his place in the team. He took 20 wickets in next three Tests. But, the charm was lost after India left for abroad where the ball does not turn like Indian pitches.
The magic never returned after that and the arrival of Anil Kumble ruined his career. He was in and out of the team. This Madhya Pradesh cricketer still holds the record of best Test bowling figure on debut. He has gone down in the history of Indian cricket as one of the best spinners who blazed for one magnificent Test before burning out.
2) Bob Massie
Robert Arnold Lockyer Massie of Australia had taken 16 wicks for 137 runs which were quite similar to Indian spinner Narendra Hirwani.
On June 26, 1972, during the second Test of the Ashes, this 25-year-old man swung the ball to completely confuse the English batsmen. Hailed as one of the greatest Ashes debut, his trajectory goes a lot like Hirwani. He played only five more matches after that stupendous debut. In these five matches, he failed to double the number of wickets he captured in his first Test.
After the series, he played two more. By the end of 18 months, he had been dropped not only by Australia but also from his province Western Australia. What had begun as a promising start, soon faded away from international cricket. Massie joined radio commentary later.
Very few off-spinners from Down Under has taken the cricket world by surprise with glorious performance. Jason Kreza went on to taking 12 wickets on his Test debut against India in 2008. It took everyone by surprise given that Indians are best players of spin.
However, he was given just on more chance to don the Baggy Green Cap, the door was shut on him by Australian selectors. His first class performances were dismal and he lost his contract with his state team, Tasmania.
Though he, unfortunately, went for 358 runs, but 12 wickets was not a matter of jokes. This is the fourth highest bowling figure on debut. He did make a comeback to the Australian team for the 2011 World Cup but disappeared from the international scene. He began with some aggressive, old school bowling but vanished before he could not create a lasting effect.
4) Fawad Alam
He is one of the many Pakistani cricketers who shone brightly before completely vanishing from the face of the earth. He scored 16 of his first innings as Pakistan all out for dismal 90 against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2009.
However, Alam was determined not to blow his opportunity and his 168 in the second innings made him the first Pakistani player to score a hundred on debut away from home. But, as Sri Lanka got massive first innings lead that helped them to defeat Pakistan by 7 wickets.
Just two Tests later he was dropped from the squad. The reason was not clear. He continued to be part of the ODI team. Alam in the series against England in UAE selected in the 15 men squad after five years of cricket hiatus. But, he did’s get a chance to play.