It is always an ecstatic feeling to get a wicket for players to get a wicket off their very first delivery in any format. No matter how much a player is experienced, he/she is bound to feel nervous when delivering their first ball in international cricket. For occasional bowlers or specialist batsmen, the nervousness is tenfold.
Yet, such men have had dream starts when rolling their arms, having bagged a wicket off the first ball of their ODI career. Some of these players also managed to get the scalp of the opposition’s star players, stunning them. They couldn’t have asked for a beginning as better than that to one aspect of the game.
We take a look at five players, who picked up a wicket off the first ball of their ODI careers:
Inzamam-Ul-Haq rolled his arms for the first time in ODIs in 1991. The former Pakistan captain got the big fish in the form of Brian Lara in Faisalabad. Imran Khan brought him into the attack to break the 93-run stand between Lara and Carl Hopper, and Inzamam was successful in doing so.
The former Pakistan captain bowled three overs and conceded 24 runs for a wicket apart from mustering 60 runs. Despite that, the hosts failed to chase down the required score of 204, losing by 17 runs eventually. In his 378-ODI career, Inzamam-Ul-Haq went on to claim three more wickets and was one of the best players produced by Pakistan.