List of Pakistan cricketers who have taken five-wicket hauls on Test debut

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a significant achievement.[3] As of May 2021, 159 cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul on their debut in a Test match,[4] with eleven of them being taken by Pakistani players.[5] They have taken a five-wicket haul on debut against seven different opponents: three times against New Zealand and Australia, and once against Bangladesh, England, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe each.[6] Of the eleven occasions, Pakistan won the match four times, and drew seven times. The players have taken five-wicket hauls at nine different venues, including six outside Pakistan; three of them have achieved the feat at the National Stadium, Karachi.[7]

Shahid Afridi during Pakistan's tour of New Zealand in December 2010.
Shahid Afridi took five wickets for 52 runs in his debut Test, against Australia in 1998.[1]

Arif Butt was the first Pakistani player to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut, he took six wickets for 89 runs against Australia in 1964.[8][9] Mohammad Nazir and Mohammad Zahid are the only bowlers to have taken seven wickets each. Butt and Tanvir Ahmed have taken six wickets each and six others have taken five wickets on debut.[5] Zahid took seven wickets for 66 runs, the best bowling figures by a Pakistani bowler on debut, against New Zealand in 1996, at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.[5] He accumulated 11 wickets for 130 runs in the match, the only Pakistani to take 10 or more wickets in a Test match on debut.[10] Amongst the bowlers, Bilal Asif is the most economical, with 1.67 runs per over, and Zahid has the best strike rate.[note 1] As of 2021, the most recent bowler to achieve the feat was Nauman Ali. He took five wickets for 35 runs against South Africa in 2021 at the National Stadium.[5][12]

Abrar Ahmed became the first Pakistani bowler to five-wicket haul in the opening session of a test match and also on debut.[13]

KeyEdit

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result The result for the Pakistan team in that match
  Bowler selected as "Man of the match"
  10 wickets or more taken in the match
Drawn The match was drawn

Five-wicket haulsEdit

Five-wicket hauls on Test debut by Pakistani bowlers
No. Bowler Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 Arif Butt 4 December 1964 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne   Australia 2 21.3 89 6 3.12 Drawn[9]
2 Mohammad Nazir 24 October 1969 National Stadium, Karachi   New Zealand 2 30.1 99 7 3.28 Drawn[14]
3 Shahid Nazir 17 October 1996 Sheikhupura Stadium, Sheikhupura   Zimbabwe 1 22.4 53 5 2.33 Drawn[15]
4 Mohammad Zahid   28 November 1996 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi   New Zealand 4 20.0 66 7 3.30 Won[10]
5 Shahid Afridi 22 October 1998 National Stadium, Karachi   Australia 1 23.3 52 5 2.21 Drawn[1]
6 Mohammad Sami  8 March 2001 Eden Park, Auckland   New Zealand 4 15.0 36 5 2.40 Won[16]
7 Shabbir Ahmed 20 August 2003 National Stadium, Karachi   Bangladesh 3 18.1 48 5 2.64 Won[17]
8 Yasir Arafat 8 December 2007 M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore   India 1 39.0 161 5 4.12 Drawn[18]
9 Wahab Riaz 18 August 2010 The Oval, London   England 1 18.0 63 5 3.50 Won[19]
10 Tanvir Ahmed 20 November 2010 Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
(neutral venue)
  South Africa 1 28.0 120 6 4.28 Drawn[20]
11 Bilal Asif 7 October 2018 Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
(neutral venue)
  Australia 1 21.3 36 6 1.67 Drawn[21]
12 Nauman Ali 26 January 2021 National Stadium, Karachi   South Africa 2 25.3 35 5 1.37 Won[12]
13 Abrar Ahmed 9 December 2022 Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan   England 1 22 114 7 5.18 Lost[22][13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ In cricket, strike rate is referred to the average number of deliveries bowled before a bowler takes a wicket.[11]
Specific
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  10. ^ a b "2nd Test: Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Nov 28 – Dec 1, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
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  13. ^ a b "Stats - Abrar's record-breaking debut, and a rare all-ten for Pakistan spinners". ESPNcricinfo. 9 December 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
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  15. ^ "1st Test: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, Oct 17–21, 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  16. ^ "1st Test: New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Mar 8–12, 2001". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  17. ^ "1st Test: Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi, Aug 20–24, 2003". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  18. ^ "3rd Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, Dec 8–12, 2007". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  19. ^ "3rd Test: England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 18–21, 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  20. ^ "2nd Test: Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi, Nov 20–24, 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  21. ^ "1st Test, Australia tour of United Arab Emirates at Dubai, Oct 7-11 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  22. ^ "2nd Test, England tour of Pakistan at Multan, Oct 9-14 2022". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 December 2022.