A five wicket haul by a bowler is as big an achievement as is a century by a batsman. To do it at Lord's, the so called home of cricket, is even special. There have been few Indian batsmen to score century at Lord's but even the list of Indian bowlers to take 5 wicket haul at Lord's isn't much long..
A total of 61 Indian bowlers had bowled at Lord's till July 2011 and only 11 of them have managed to register their names on honorary boards. The first one was Mohammad Nissar, a right arm seamer, who achieved the feat in very test India played at the venue while the best figures have been by Ladhabhai Nakum Amar Singh (a right arm fast medium bowler) = 6 wickets for just 35 runs, 75 years ago. Bisen Singh Bedi, a left arm spinner, is only other bowler with six wicket in an innings here.
India lost all those three matches!
Interesting is Vinoo Mankand's fiver back in 1952 for which he bowled as many as 73 overs. Not just that, Mankand, a medium pacer, came back to bowl another 24 overs in second innings as England chased their target of 77, from 49.2 overs.
Today, 22 July 2011, Praveen Kumar became the 12th Indian bowler to achieve the feat, bowling marathon spells as Zaheer Khan was unavailable to bowl for hamstring strain.