Batsman who took wicket on the first ball in ODI, Indian players also included

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. A cricket team is made up of a 'combination' of three types of players. Some players have expertise in batting and play like pure batsmen. Some are experts in bowling and their main responsibility is to dismiss the opposition batsmen. The third category of players are those who are adept at both bowling and batting and are useful to the team in both the fields. All-rounders provide balance to any team.

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However, the pure batsman and bowler has sometimes performed brilliantly beyond his field and won the applause of the people. There are many bowlers who have scored centuries and half-centuries for the team in the capacity of 'nightwatchman'. Similarly, some bowlers have contributed to the team's victory by playing small but important innings in difficult times. Similarly, the batsman has not only played the role of part time bowler in some matches. Not only this, some batsmen have also achieved the feat of taking a wicket on their very first ball in international cricket.

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Leading batsman who took a wicket on his very first ball in ODI..

Clive Lloyd: The six feet five inches tall Clive Lloyd is credited with establishing West Indies as the invincible brigade of world cricket. During this period, the Indies team was almost unbeatable in both Test and ODI formats and even the world's great batsmen had to sweat to face their fast bowling quartet. Under the captaincy of Lloyd, the Indian team became champion in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, but in 1983, Team India's dream of a hat-trick was shattered by the defeat at the hands of Kapil Dev's team in the final. Lloyd played 110 and 87 ODI matches. In Test cricket he scored 7515 runs (19 centuries) at an average of 46.67 and in ODI he scored 1977 runs (one century) at an average of 39.54. Apart from batting with the left hand, he also bowled on some occasions in international cricket. He also has the record of taking a wicket on the very first ball of his ODI career. On August 7, 1973, in the Oval ODI against England, Lloyd bowled the host team's opener Mike Smith. In this innings he also dismissed England captain Mike Dennis. Lloyd has 10 wickets in Test and 8 wickets in ODI.

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Inzamam Ul Haq: Inzamam-ul-Haq, one of Pakistan's best batsmen of all time, bowled very little in his 120 Test, 378 ODI and one T20 international career. 'England', who scored 8830 runs with the help of 25 centuries in Test cricket and 11,739 runs with the help of 10 centuries in ODI, bowled only 67 balls (9 in Test and 58 in ODI) in international cricket. His bowling action was also strange. Well, like Lloyd, Inzamam has also done the wonders of taking a wicket on the very first ball of his ODI career. Inzamam, on his very first ball of ODI, did not hunt any small batsman but the great West Indies cricketer Brian Lara. In the ODI played in Faisalabad on 24 November 1991, he had Lara caught by wicketkeeper Moin Khan. Inzamam has three wickets in his account in ODIs.

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Sadagopan Ramesh: The attractive left-handed batsman Sadagoppan Ramesh played 19 Tests and 24 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2001. Like Pakistan's left-handed batsman Saeed Anwar, Ramesh was known as an excellent timer of the ball and like Saeed, he was also an opening batsman. Ramesh, who scored 1367 runs with the help of two centuries in Test cricket, scored 646 runs with the help of six half-centuries in ODI. On the very first ball of his ODI career, he took the wicket of Nixon McLean of West Indies. On 6 September 1999, in the Coca-Cola Cup match in Singapore, he made a place in this 'exclusive club' by getting McLean caught by Devashish Mohanty. After retiring from cricket, Ramesh is active as an actor in the Tamil film industry. Similarly, India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also taken a wicket with the very first ball of his ODI career (this was his first ODI), but 'Bhuvi' is primarily known as a bowler.

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Bevel Hinds: Like Lloyd and Ramesh, Wavell Hinds, who bats left-handed, has played 45 Tests and 119 ODI matches for West Indies. He has five centuries each in both formats of cricket. He has also started the Indies team in Test. Hinds, who showed his magic by playing innings of 165 and 52 runs against Pakistan in the Bridgetown Test in the fourth Test of his career in 2009, took a wicket on the very first ball in his debut ODI. On 5 September 1999, in the match against India in Singapore, he dismissed wicketkeeper batsman Manav Prasad (MSK Prasad). Hinds was active in his international career from 1999 to 2010.

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Martin Van Jaarsveld: Right-handed South African Martin van Jaarsveld was highly rated as a batsman. In first-class cricket, he scored more than 18 thousand runs at an average of 44.55, which included 52 centuries. However, he could not perform as per his talent in international cricket and could play only 9 Tests and 11 ODIs. He could score only 397 runs in Test and 124 runs in ODI. Despite being famous as a batsman, Jaarsveld definitely made a record of taking a wicket on the very first ball of his ODI career. In 2002–03, he bowled Talha Zuber in an ODI against Bangladesh in Kimberley. In this match, he bowled only one ball and on this he was successful in dismissing the last batsman of Bangladesh team. Jaarsveld has two wickets in his name in ODIs.

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