It is often said that batting in the longest format of the game is the most difficult thing to do. The red ball is harder to play as it keeps swinging longer than the white ball that is used in the shorter versions of the game. Also the red ball reverses as it gets older. But for bowlers it is not so easy to be disciplined with their line and lengths in Test cricket. Since batsmen usually do not tend to play rash strokes, bowlers have to keep their patience and bowl in the right spots throughout the day or two if needed to make the batsman commit mistakes. It is difficult for young bowlers especially if they are making their debut in unknown surfaces against a strong opposition. Pankaj Singh, who made his debut for India at Rose Bowl, Southampton against England in the 3rd test of the 5-match Investec Series failed to pick up any wickets in the first innings and conceded 146 runs. This was the worst bowling by an Indian bowler. He also became the fourth Indian bowler to concede over 100 runs without picking up a single wicket in an innings. Here is the list of the 5 debutant Indian bowlers who went on to concede most runs without a single wicket:
- Pankaj Singh (0/146)
Pankaj Singh has been one of the leading fast bowlers in the domestic circuit for last 5 years and helped Rajasthan win the Ranji title twice in 2011 and 2012. He made notable contributions for his IPL team Rajasthan Royals as well. However on his debut, he conceded 146 runs for no success against England at Rose Bowl, Southampton in the 3rd test that started on 27 July,2014.
His figures read 0/146 in 37 overs which had 8 maidens. He bowled at an economy rate of 3.95 per over.
- Bapu Nadkarni (0/132)
Against New Zealand at Delhi, in the first innings Bapu Nadkarni bowled 54 overs for no wickets as he conceded 132 runs. His stats included 13 maidens as he gave away just 2.44 runs per over. The match had started on 16 December 1955.
- Subroto Guha (0/105)
Like Pankaj, former Bengal pacer Subroto Guha also made his debut against England on their home turf. In the first innings of the match at Leeds that started on 8 June,1967 Subroto Guha gave away 105 runs in his 43 overs which consisted of 10 maidens and did not pick up any wickets. His economy rate was pretty impressive at 2.44 runs per over.
- Jaidev Unadkat (0/101)
Jaidev Unadkat first came to limelight when he was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premiere League. KKR bowling coach Wasim Akram was very impressed by his bowling and considered him as a good prospect for Indian cricket. On his debut for India at Centurion on 16 December 2010 against South Africa, Unadkat toiled hard without luck in the second innings as he bowled 26 overs and conceded 101 runs but had no wickets to show for his efforts. He bowled 4 maidens and conceded at 3.88 runs per over.
- BP Gupte (0/97)
BP Gupte on his debut match for India against Pakistan at Chennai failed to pick up any wickets in the first innings as he bowled 30 overs including 9 maidens and gave away 97 runs at 3.23 runs per over. The match had started on 13 January,1961.