Narendra Hirwani holds the world record of best bowling figure on test debut, 16 Wickets for 136 runs
Narendra Hirwani holds the world record of best bowling figure on test debut, 16 Wickets for 136 runs

If anything could be called a ‘dream debut’ in a Test match Indian leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani had one.

Making his bow against the West Indies, Hirwani bagged 8 for 61 in the first innings, with the likes of Viv Richards and Richie Richardson among his victims. He followed it up another brilliant spell of bowling in the second innings grabbing 8 for 75, making total tally to 16 Wickets for 136 runs.

About Narendra Hirwani (from Wikipedia Page)

Narendra Deepchand Hirwani is a leg spin bowler who played for India. He is mainly remembered for his success on his Test debut.

Hirwani’s debut was in the final Test of the series at Madras. The wicket was underprepared. India won an important toss and made 382.

Hirwani took three of the five West Indian wickets to fall on the second day.

On the third morning, Hirwani clean-bowled Vivian Richards with a googly which the batsman failed to pick, and dismissed the remaining four batsmen to finish with 8 for 61. This made him only the fourth bowler to take eight wickets in an innings on debut.

Set 416 to win in the second innings West Indies were dismissed in about 40 overs.

The batsmen tried to hit out, the result of which was five stumpings for the wicket-keeper Kiran More. Hirwani took 8 for 75, for match figures of 16 for 136. This bettered the record of Bob Massie who had taken 16 for 137 on his debut in 1972, and is still a record to date.

More success followed in the home series against New Zealand the next year. The pitches afforded spin; Hirwani took 20 wickets in three Tests, and his partner Arshad Ayub 21.

In his first four Tests he had taken 36 wickets, the most by any bowler at this stage of their career.

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