Best Test Bowler Debuts of the Year 2011

Recently when Marchant de Lange took 7 wickets against Sri Lanka in Kingsmead test, my brother tweeted about the debutants coming into the arena with a bang. I got curious and wanted to write about the debutants who have taken five wicket hauls in their first test.

Elias Sunny
96/6 vs West Indies – Chittagong Test

Being part of a team where we always here only one name Shakid Al Hasan, Elias sunny is a bright prospect to give the ex-captain some support with his performances. This Left arm spinner has claimed six wickets in the first innings of the first Test against the West Indies. This performance of his has helped Bangladesh in dismissing West Indies for 244. He was deservedly named man of the match

Nathan Lyon
34/5 vs Sri Lanka – Galle Test

Other than Shane Warne, we have hardly heard about any spinners in Australian side. Nathan Lyon who debuted for Australia against Sri Lanka has taken five wickets in his first Test. The icing on the cake for him is wicket of Sangakarra with his first ball of his debut over. He has shown some strong performances and as of now he is the best option for spin for Australia.

Doug Bracewell
85/5 vs Zimbabwe – Bulawayo Test

Doug played his first match against the minnows Zimbabwe. He took his first five wicket haul in the second innings of his first test. He came into limelight for his splending performance against Australia which helped Kiwis to win a test match against Australia since 1993. His devastating spell of 6-40 has overshadowed David Warners century in the match. This was also first victory for Kiwis in Australia since 1985.

Ravichandran Ashwin
47/6 vs West Indies – Delhi Test

Ravichandran Ashwin who has been quite successful in IPL and ODIs made a similar start to his test career. He had a memorable Test debut, claiming 6 wickets for 47 runs in the 2nd innings of the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi. He finished the match with the figures of 128/9 and went on to be named MOM on debut.

Vernon Philander
15/5 vs Australia – Cape Town Test

For me he is the best debutant bowler of the year. He started off with a devastating spell against Australia in the first test which was over in 3 days. It was a remarkable Test debut for South Africa seamer Vernon Philander in Cape Town, where Australian wickets tumbled and Proteas scoring an eight-wicket victory. Australia were shot out for 47 in the second innings, the country’s lowest completed Test innings total since 1902. From there he took 4 five wicket hauls in 2 months.

James Pattinson
27/5 vs New Zealand – Gabba Test

The 21 year old James Pattison has been the fastest of the debutant bowlers of 2011. He is able to get the pace and bounce and the swing at the same time. He showed the world his arrival by getting 5 wickets for 27 runs against New Zealand in the first test in Brisbane. He has added lot of strength to the inexperienced and vulnerabale Australian line up.

Pat Cummins
79/6 vs South Afirica – Wanderers Test

Australia always had very talented fast bowlers. Pat Cummins made a dream debut with a haul of 6 for 79 against South Africa in the second innings of the second Test. Being the youngest in the team the 18-year-old New South Wales right-arm fast bowler has a very bright future. With three young and talented youngters Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc in Australian team, I look forward to see yet another dominant side in near future.

Marchant de Lange
81/7 vs Sri Lanka – Kingsmead Test

After Vernon Philander, Marchant de Lange did his debut against Sri Lanka in the second test. He finished the first innings with seven wickets for 81 runs and became the eighth bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut this year. South Africa team now has a very strong bowling department with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kallis and the latest addition Marchant de Lange.


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