Hardus Viljoen became the third South African to claim first-ball wicket
Hardus Viljoen picked up a wicket on his first ball in the Test cricket on Friday in his debut match between South Africa and England at Johannesburg. He created history with both in bat and ball in this match.
Coming into bat at no.10 in the first innings, the right-hand batsman Viljoen hit a boundary after facing his first ball in the debut match on Friday morning. He remained not out at 20 runs from 16 balls with four boundaries.
Coming to bowl for the first time in the 11th over in the England’s first innings, Viljoen got the wicket of England skipper, Alastair Cook, with his first ball. He bowled a full delivery down the leg side which Cook managed to get a fine edge. It was taken by the wicket-keeper Dane Vilas.
Viljoen became the third South African cricketer and 20th overall cricketer to take a wicket on their first delivery in the Test cricket. Before Viljoen, Albert Vogler and Dane Piedt achieved this for the Proteas. Vogler got the wicket of England batsman Ernie Hayes caught and bowled in early 1906 at Johannesburg. Piedt achieved this after taking the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Mark Vermeulen in 2014 at Harare.
Viljoen said about his achievement, “The adrenalin was pumping, and the nerves were going, I was lucky enough to get a wicket with the first ball. I would have liked to nick him off on the off-side but they say that everyone counts.”
The right-arm fast bowler Hardus Viljoen is a regular cricketer in the domestic circuit. Currently, he is playing for Lions in the first-class cricket. He has picked up 296 wickets in the 74 first-class matches.
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