There are very few sights in cricket better than watching a debutant batsman in full flow. The way the man on debut sheds all his nervousness and gets into the groove makes for a sight worth appreciating.
There have been several batsmen in the past, who on their respective debuts have played an impact inning. The first name coming to mind is of none other than Sourav Ganguly, who scored a fantastic ton at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. Virender Sehwag’s debut ton against South Africa in alien conditions too is a delightful mention. Who can forget the brilliance of Michael Clarke on test debut against India at Bangalore?
Ever wondered how scintillating will be the experience when two debutants get together to form a mammoth partnership? That will surely be one of the finest things in the game of cricket. Keeping that in mind, in this article, we have a look at the top 5 test partnerships by debutants.
1. Khalid Ibadulla, Abdul Kadir (Pakistan, 249 runs):
It was the one off test when Pakistan took on Australia in Karachi on the 24th of October 1964. Ibadulla and Kadir opened the innings for Pakistan, and in the very first innings of their respective careers, they went on to make history. The opening duo added 249 runs for the first wicket against Australia. While Ibadulla was dismissed for 166, Kadir remained unbeaten on 95.
2. DL Houghton, A Flower (Zimbabwe, 165 runs):
The two Zimbabweans on debut went on to register a sixth wicket partnership of 165 against India in Harare. The Indian bowlers, who had a sniff when the two debutants came to the crease, were eventually dismissed to all parts of the ground. In this game, as many as 10 Zimbabweans made their debut. Houghton, who also led Zimbabwe, scored 121 while Flower was dismissed for 59.
3. Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique (Bangladesh, 161 runs):
This was a special stand as it came in conditions away from home. Bangladesh took on New Zealand and were already 220 runs behind when they began the second innings. Iqbal and Siddique for the first wicket added 161 runs as the two kept the Kiwi bowlers at bay. Iqbal was dismissed for 84 while Siddique made 74. The result might not have been in Bangladesh’s favour, but the two batsmen surely had an unforgettable debut.
4. GA Headley, FI de Caires (West Indies, 142 runs):
This partnership was brought up really long ago! 85 years ago to be precise! The two Caribbean batsmen added 142 runs for the third wicket in the second innings of the test against England. Headley made a mammoth 176 while de Caires was caught and bowled for 70.
5. Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed (Pakistan, 134 runs):
In a tricky chase of 217 at Karachi, the two Pakistani debutants ensured that there were no hurdles in the chase. Their 134 run stand for the second wicket was the ideal thing that Pakistan needed. Hameed was cleaned up for 105 while Hafeez was exactly dismissed for 50.