Virat Kohli is the only Bowler who took a Wicket on 0th ball. In a T20I match against England in 2011, Virat was bowling to Kevin Pietersen. He ended bowling a wide first ball and Pietersen who was charging down was stumped down the leg-side by MS Dhoni. So, Kohli didn’t bowl a single ball in international cricket as his first ball was a wide but since a stumping goes in the account of the bowler, he had a wicket!
Hence, effectively, Kohli had a wicket off the “0th” ball of his career.
List of Bowlers who took wickets on the first ball of their career
|# V Kohli||KP Pietersen||India v England||Manchester||2011|
|* MS Kasprowicz||SP Fleming||Australia v New Zealand||Auckland||2004/05|
|* LH Ferguson||Sabbir Rahman||New Zealand v Bangladesh||Napier||2016/17|
|~ WT Gavera||NJ O’Brien||Papua New Guinea v Ireland||Belfast||2015|
|A Nel||NJ Astle||South Africa v New Zealand||Johannesburg||2005/06|
|AB Agarkar||HH Gibbs||India v South Africa||Johannesburg||2006/07|
|AC Thomas||Imran Nazir||South Africa v Pakistan||Johannesburg||2006/07|
|SW Tait||JM How||Australia v New Zealand||Perth||2007/08|
|RK Kleinveldt||Junaid Siddique||South Africa v Bangladesh||Johannesburg||2008/09|
|B Geeves||HH Gibbs||South Africa v Australia||Johannesburg||2008/09|
|PP Ojha||Shakib Al Hasan||India v Bangladesh||Trent Bridge||2009|
|JL Denly||GC Smith||England v South Africa||Centurion||2009/10|
|Nadeem Ahmed||SP Khakurel||Hong Kong v Nepal||Chittagong||2013/14|
|P Khadka||Irfan Ahmed||Hong Kong v Nepal||Chittagong||2013/14|
|AJ Lalcheta||Nizakat Khan||Oman v Hong Kong||Abu Dhabi||2015/16|
|Aamer Yamin||JJ Roy||Pakistan v England||Sharjah||2015/16|
|PADLR Sandakan||M Mosehle||Sri Lanka v South Africa||Johannesburg||2016/17|
|Taijul Islam||BRM Taylor||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe||Dhaka||2019|
|L Gregory||C de Grandhomme||England v New Zealand||Wellington||2019|
|Khizar Hayat||KD Shah||Malaysia v Hong Kong||Kuala Lumpur||2019/20|
|Dieter Klein||Awais Ahmed||Germany v Spain||Almeria||2019/20|
|CE McConchie||Mohammad Naim||New Zealand v Bangladesh||Mirpur||2021|
|KA Maharaj||PBB Rajapaksa||South Africa v Sri Lanka||Colombo||2021|
# Kohli’s wicket came off his first delivery, which was called a wide.
* Kasprowicz and Ferguson took wickets with the first 2 balls
~ Gavera took wickets with his first and third balls
Virat Kohli, The Batting Run Machine from India
Virat Kohli is a world-renowned cricketer who also captained the Indian national team. He is considered one of the best batsmen in the world and has numerous achievements to his name.
Kohli made his debut for the Indian cricket team in August 2008, and since then, he has gone on to become one of the most successful batsmen in the history of the game. He has scored over 20,000 runs in international cricket, including 72 centuries (100-run innings). In addition to his batting skills, Kohli is also known for his aggressive captaincy and his ability to lead his team to victory.
Some of Kohli’s notable achievements include:
- Leading India to the top of the Test rankings for the first time in their history
- Being the fastest player to reach 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs)
- Winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018
- Winning the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012, 2017, and 2018
- Being named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2018
- Kohli is also known for his philanthropy and has been involved in several charitable initiatives. In 2020, he launched the Virat Kohli Foundation, which aims to provide education and healthcare to underprivileged children.
Overall, Virat Kohli is a highly talented cricketer and leader who has made a significant impact on the game. His performances on the field and his contributions off the field have earned him a place among the all-time greats of cricket.
How many bowlers have taken wickets with the first ball of their careers in T20 cricket?
There have been a total of 23 bowlers who have taken wickets with the first ball of their careers in Twenty20 cricket. List is given above.
Who was the first bowler to take a wicket with the first ball of their career in T20 cricket?
The first bowler to take a wicket with the first ball of their career in T20 cricket was Andrew Nail (South Africa), who dismissed New Zealand batsman Nathan Astle in an international T20 match in 2005/06
Who was the most recent bowler to take a wicket with the first ball of their career in T20 cricket?
The most recent bowler to take a wicket with the first ball of their career in T20 cricket is Keshav Maharaj (South Africa), who dismissed Sri Lankan batsman PBB Rajapaksa in an international T20 match in Colombo in 2021.
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