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Batsmen who took wicket on the first ball in ODI, Indian players also included


New Delhi. A cricket team is made up of a ‘combination’ of three types of players. Some players have expertise in batting and they play as pure batsmen. Some are adept at bowling and their main responsibility is to dismiss the opposition batsmen. Players in the third category are those who are adept at both bowling and batting and are useful for the team in both the fields. All-rounders provide balance to any team.

However, the pure batsman and bowler have sometimes performed brilliantly even beyond their field and won the applause of the people. There are many bowlers who have scored centuries and half-centuries for the team in the capacity of ‘nightwatchman’. Similarly, some bowlers have contributed to the team’s victory by playing small but important innings in difficult times. Similarly, the batsman has also not only played the role of a part-time bowler in some matches. Not only this, some batsmen have even achieved the feat of taking a wicket on their very first ball in international cricket.

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Prominent batsmen who took a wicket on their very first ball in ODI..

Clive Lloyd: Six feet five inches tall Clive Lloyd is credited with establishing West Indies as the invincible brigade of world cricket. During this period, the Indies team was almost unbeatable in both Test and ODI formats and even the world’s famous batsmen had to sweat to face its fast bowling quartet. Under the captaincy of Lloyd, the Indian team became champion in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, but in 1983, the defeat in the final at the hands of Kapil Dev’s Team India broke its dream of a hat-trick. Lloyd played 110 and 87 ODI matches. In Test cricket, he scored 7515 runs (19 centuries) at an average of 46.67 and in ODIs, he scored 1977 runs (one century) at an average of 39.54. Apart from batting with his left hand, he also bowled on some occasions in international cricket. The record of taking a wicket on his very first ball of his ODI career is also in his name. On August 7, 1973, in the Oval ODI against England, Lloyd bowled the host team’s opener Mike Smith. In this innings, he also dismissed England captain Mike Denness. 10 wickets in Test and 8 wickets in ODI are in the name of Lloyd.

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Inzamam ul Haq: Inzamam-ul-Haq, one of Pakistan’s best batsmen of all time, bowled very little in his career of 120 Tests, 378 ODIs and one T20I. ‘Eng’, who scored 8830 runs with the help of 25 centuries in Test cricket and 11,739 runs with the help of 10 centuries in ODI, bowled only 67 balls (9 in Test and 58 in ODI) in international cricket. His bowling action was also strange. Well, like Lloyd, Inzamam has also done the wonders of taking a wicket on his first ball of his ODI career. On his first ball of ODI, Inzamam did not make any small batsman but the great West Indies cricketer Brian Lara a victim. In the ODI played in Faisalabad on 24 November 1991, he had Lara caught by wicketkeeper Moin Khan. Inzamam has three wickets in his account in ODI.

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Wicket with first ball in ODI career, Clive Lloyd, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Wavell Hinds, Martin van Jaarsveld, Wicket with first ball in ODI career, Clive Lloyd, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Wavell Hinds, Martin Van Jaarsveld

Sadagopan Ramesh: Attractive left-handed batsman Sadagoppan Ramesh played 19 Tests and 24 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2001. Like Pakistan’s left-handed batsman Saeed Anwar, Ramesh was known as an excellent timer of the ball and like Saeed, he was also an opener. Ramesh, who scored 1367 runs with the help of two centuries in Test cricket, scored 646 runs with the help of six half-centuries in ODI. On his very first ball of his ODI career, he took the wicket of Nixon McLean of West Indies. On 6 September 1999, in the Coca-Cola Cup match in Singapore, he made a place in this ‘exclusive club’ by getting McLean caught by Devashish Mohanty. After retiring from cricket, Ramesh is active as an actor in the Tamil film industry. Similarly, India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also taken a wicket on his very first ball of his ODI career (this was his debut ODI), but ‘Bhuvi’ is basically known as a bowler.

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Bavel Hinds: Like Lloyd and Ramesh, Wavell Hinds, who bats with the left hand, played 45 Test and 119 ODI matches for West Indies. He has five centuries each in his name in both the formats of cricket. He has also started the Indies team in Test. In the year 2009, in the fourth Test of his career, Hinds, who showed his brilliance by playing innings of 165 and 52 runs against Pakistan in the Bridgetown Test, took a wicket on the very first ball in his debut ODI. On 5 September 1999, in the match against India in Singapore, he made wicketkeeper batsman Manav Prasad (MSK Prasad) a victim. Hinds was active in his international career from 1999 to 2010.

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Martin Van Jaarsveld: Right-handed South African Martin van Jaarsveld was highly rated as a batsman. In first class cricket, he scored more than 18 thousand runs at an average of 44.55, which included 52 centuries. However, in international cricket he could not perform as per his talent and could play only 9 Tests and 11 ODIs. He could score only 397 runs in Test and 124 runs in ODI. Despite being known as a batsman, Jaarsveld definitely made a record of taking a wicket on the very first ball of his ODI career. In 2002-03, he bowled Talha Zuber in the ODI against Bangladesh in Kimberley. In this match, he bowled only one ball and on this he was successful in dismissing the last batsman of Bangladesh team. Two wickets are registered in the name of Jaarsveld in ODI.

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