Bowlers capturing ten or more wickets on test debut – P Jayawickrama joins the elite list

Bowlers capturing ten or more wickets on test debut – P Jayawickrama joins the elite list

P Jayawickrama of Sri Lanka captured eleven wickets conceding 178 runs against Bangladesh in the just concluded test to provide the 16th occasion od  a bowler capturing  ten  or more wickets on test  debut in  the annals of test  cricket. All such occasions are tabulated below. He is the first Sri Lankan bowler to perform such a feat. All such occasions are tabulated below

NoPlayerW-RTeamOppGroundStart Date
1F Martin12-102EngAusThe Oval11 Aug 1890
2T Richardson10-156EngAusManchester24 Aug 1893
3AE Hall11-112SAFEngCape Town01 Jan 1923
4CV Grimmett11-082AusEngSydney27 Feb 1925
5CS Marriott11-096EngWinThe Oval12 Aug 1933
6K Farnes10-179EngAusNottingham08 Jun 1934
7AV Bedser11-145EngIndLord’s22 Jun 1946
8HHH Johnson10-096WinEngKingston27 Mar 1948
9AL Valentine11-204WinEngManchester08 Jun 1950
10SF Burke11-196SAFNZlCape Town01 Jan 1962
11RAL Massie16-137AusEngLord’s22 Jun 1972
12JK Lever10-070EngIndDelhi17 Dec 1976
13ND Hirwani16-136IndWinChennai11 Jan 1988
14Mohd Zahid11-130PakNZlRawalpindi28 Nov 1996
15JJ Krejza12-398AusIndNagpur06 Nov 2008
16Jayawickrama11-178SrlBanPallekele29 Apr 2021

He became the fifth left arm bowler to capture ten or more wickets on test debut. All such occasions are tabulated below. JK Lever of England was the last left arm bowler to perform such a feat. He had returned with figures of 10 for 70 against India at Delhi in Dec 1976. Thus it took 45 years four  months  for  another left arm bowler to perform the feat of  capturing ten plus  wickets on test debut.

NoPlayerW-RTeamOppGroundStart Date
1F Martin12-102EngAusThe Oval11 Aug 1890
2AE Hall11-112SAFEngCape Town01 Jan 1923
3AL Valentine11-204WinEngManchester08 Jun 1950
4JK Lever10-070EngIndDelhi17 Dec 1976
5Jayawickrama11-178SrlBanPallekele29 Apr 2021

P Jayawickrama became the second left arm spinner to capture ten or more wickets on test debut after AL Valentine of West Indies. AL Valentine had returned with figures of 11 for 204 against England at Manchester in Jun 1950 on test debut. Thus it took 70 years and ten months for another bowler to emulate AL Valentine. P Jayawickrama has the best match figures  for a left arm spinner on test debut.

NoPlayerW-RTeamOppGroundStart Date
1AL Valentine11-204WinEngManchester08 Jun 1950
2Jayawickrama11-178SrlBanPallekele29 Apr 2021
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