Best figures for an Indian spinner on T20I debut
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has the honour of having the best figures for an Indian spinner on T20I debut.
4/21 P Ojha v Ban Nottingham 2009
Pragyan Ojha was a hit for India both in white ball cricket and red ball cricket. However, his stocks began to go down after the emergence of Ravindra Jadeja as the Gujarat all rounder finally took his place.
Ojha had a brilliant run on his ODI debut, picking up four wickets while giving away 21 runs against Bangladesh at Nottingham.
Ojha still holds the record for claiming the best figures by an Indian on T20 International debut.
3/17 Axar Patel v Zim Harare 2015
Axar Patel was given a chance on the India tour of Zimbabwe in 2015 right after the world cup semi final heartbreak against Australia.
Patel did a fine job, picking up three wickets while giving away 17 runs.
2/17 R Bishnoi v WI Kolkata 2022
Bishnoi was very impressive in his international debut match against West Indies and ended up with figures of 2 for 17 which is great considering that West Indies had a number of big hitters in their lineup, not least Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran.
Bishnoi went on to win the player of the match award and received handsome praise from captain Rohit Sharma.
“Bishnoi is a very talented guy which is why we drafted him into the squad straightaway. We see something different in him. He’s got lot of variations and skill-set with him. He can bowl at any stage and it gives us a lot of options to rotate the other bowlers. Very happy with his first game for India and he’s got a bright future and it’s just about us now on how we use him,” Sharma said.
Naturally, he was elated after winning the player of the match award on his T20 International debut.
“It’s a dream to play for India and it felt good. I was nervous at the start but wanted to contribute for the team as we know West Indies is one of the strongest teams in T20 cricket. It’s slightly a challenge to grip the ball when there’s dew. I never thought about winning the Player of the Match but it’s a dream come true moment for me.” Ravi Bishnoi, Player of the Match, said.