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Experience is indispensable in every aspect of life, let alone sport. but no one can deny the part rookies play.. young, enthusiastic and fearless. eager to prove themselves at any cost at world stage.
Today when video replays have made it easy for team think tanks to device plans against seasoned players, debutantes start with an advantage of being unknown. Element of surprise, specially in 20 over cricket, can fast change the game before opposition calculates plans on run time.
Ricky Ponting, Australian captain, made his T20 debut along with all his other 10 mates and also all of 11 New Zealand in that first ever twenty20 International at Auckland on 17 February 2005. not exactly a debutant in experience terms, Ricky Ponting missed century by 2 runs, was not out on 98* which still remains the highest score on T20 debut by a batsman.
David Warner, a rookie plucked up straight from Australian club cricket even before he had made his first class debut, mesmerized South Africans at Melbourne on 11 January 2009 with his thrilling 89 off just 43 balls. pull/hook, straight above bowler head and aggressive running, Warner's wild debut in T20 cricket killed South African chances that day.
Who are the other significant batting debuts in T20 cricket? following list should meet your curiosity :-
4 wickets on debut : has been the best effort by a rookie bowler till date, an achievement 7 bowlers have shared over the years = Ajantha Mendis, Harvir Baidawan, Kaushalya Weeraratane, Alex Cusack, Pragyan Ojha, John Lewis and Michael Kasprowicz. And while we wait for a debutant bowler to take a five wicket haul, here are how current best have done :-