When we talk cricket, we talk batsmen most often, don't we? so here's dedicating an article to all those bowlers out there, as we start this list of dream debuts.. rookies who recked their opposition.
Fidel Edwards, right arm slinging atheletic fast bowler from Barbados island, made most of his raw pace against minnow home team Zimbabwe to register the best bowling figures in one day match on debut (first match). Harare, the venue, offered bit of zip for seam bowlers that overcast day but West Indies had put up healthy 256 on board thanks to unbeaten 127 by left handed Wavell Hinds. Edwards, taking the new ball with Marv Dillon, dismissed Vusi Sibanda (c keeper), Ben Rogers (bowled), Mark Vermeulen (c Chanderpaul), Craig Wishart (lbw), Stuart Matsikenyeri (c Collymore) and Tatainda Taibu (bowled) from his 5 overs, costing only 18 runs.
West Indies won the ODI by 72 runs and Fidel Edwards the award of best bowling performance on debut.
Charitha Buddhika Fernando (right arm seamer who played 17 ODIs) and Shaul Hameed Uvais Karnain (19 ODIs) from Srilanka, Austin Codrington from Canada, Tony Dodemaide (Victorian, 24 ODIs) and Allan Donald (nick named White Lighting) from South Africa are the only 5 bowlers to take 5 wickets on debut one day international. here's the elite list :-
Desmond Haynes, the second star of this story, holds the record for highest score on debut by a batsmen in one day international. Haynes, right handed opening batsman who held many record breaking stands with partner Godron Greenidge, had Ryan Austin with him on debut. Australians were the opposition and historic Antigua Recreation ground the venue.
Australia elected to field, and Haynes didn't had to wait to unleash his skills. 136 balls for his 148 runs with 16 fours and 2 sixes, Haynes mesmerised Aussie bowling comprising likes of Jeff Thompson and Boby Simpson. Haynes was 6th batsman out that day, and West Indies raised a rare score in excess of 300 in those days. 313 to be precise!