India were beaten fair and square in the third test match against England at Southampton. That match also marked the Test debut of Indian Pacer Pankaj Singh. But it ended up as a debut to forget for Pankaj as he went wicket less and conceded 179 runs. Pankaj bowled his heart out and looked better than his fellow pacer Mohammad Shami. But the tall lad from Rajasthan was very unlucky to feature in the wicket takers column as few catches were dropped off his bowling and the umpires ruled decisions against him. But this is not the end for the 29 year old quick.
The Gentlemen’s game had seen several so-called Flops on debut reaching great heights when they retire. Best example of this case is former West Indian legendary quick Michael Holding. Holding, in his debut against Australia in 1975 gave away 127 runs without any return and was called as a Flop. But he came back strongly and finished with a tally of 249 wickets in 60 matches.
Similarly the same goes with Aussie Jeff Thompson who managed 0-110 on debut but he went onto get 200 wickets in 51 matches. Former Sri Lankan captain Marvn Attapattu had five ducks and one run in his first six test innings. But in the end, he turned out to be one of the great Sri Lankan batsman to have played the game. So Pankaj should draw some inspiration from those former players who had a bad debut but went on to become the greatest in the game. Pankaj is a veteran in domestic cricket and it should not be a problem for him to maintain some good standards at the top level.
With Ishant Sharma ruled out of the fourth test and Bhuvneshwar Kumar doubtful, Pankaj Singh will get yet another chance to impress his skipper and cement his place in the squad. There are few signs that the wicket will assist seam and Bounce, there can’t be any better chance for Pankaj to call the shots and put in a brilliant performance.