In the last five years many Indian cricketers have made their mark in the very first match they played. But there are cricketers who failed to make an impression on their debut match but later went on to be successful cricketers for India.
Let’s look at the top 5 cricketers who failed on their debut in Tests:
5. Virat Kohli:
The current Indian Test skipper Virat Kohi had his struggles early on in his career when he made his debut against West Indies at Kingston. India in their first Test match was off to a great start by winning the Test match by 63 runs. However, it was a Test match to forget for Virat Kohli as he made scores of 4 and 15 respectively in the two innings he played and later was dropped from the side during the tour of England. Kohli then went on to be successful later in the year 2011 against Australia which cemented his spot in the side permanently.
4. Pankaj Singh:
Pankaj Singh has been one of the successful bowler for Rajasthan in the domestic circuit which gained a place for him during the India tour of England. After a marathon spell bowled by Ishant Sharma in the Lords test in which he bowled India to victory he was rested for the next couple of tests which paved way for Pankaj Singh to make his debut. He remained wicket less in both the innings and went for plenty of runs. Luck wasn’t in his favour either as some team mates shelled catches of his bowling. He later went on to take couple of wickets in the next Test match.
3. Karn Sharma:
Karn Sharma caught the attention of everyone in the IPL where he looked pretty impressive for his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was then called up for the National side during the India tour of Australia in the year 2014. As MS Dhoni was injured during the first Test match Virat Kohli was made the captain and he opted for Karn Sharma rather than Ashwin and it backfired India big time in the first test match at Adelaide. Although he picked up 2 wickets each in both the innings the wicket offered more for the spinners and he didn’t perform much to the expectations.
2. Ajinkya Rahane:
After a long wait the Mumbai batsman got the opportunity to play for India against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy in the last Test match. Although India clinched the series, it was an important series from Rahane’s perspective and he failed to live up to the expectations. He had scores of 7 and 1 in the two innings he played. But that was the only failure in his Test career so far as he went on to play some special knocks overseas and cemented his place in the side and is regarded as one of the better Test batsman going around.
1. Vinay Kumar:
The right arm pacer from Karnataka made his debut for India in the year 2012 during the tour of Australia. After a disastrous start to the series by losing the opening two Test matches India opted for four pacers in the much important Perth Test. Vinay Kumar didn’t make such an impact as he picked up just one wicket with an economy of 5.61. That was the only Test he played for India and didn’t make the Test side since then.