Great Test Debut in 2018 – When cricket is played in whites, it is best and the year 2018 was the year of that, the year of Test cricket. It has produced some of the most competitive test series in recent years. It was a year when many players debuted and remembered the dream year.
Top 5 Great Test Debut In 2018
The year 2018 has brought hope for the revival of Test cricket. This year, debuters in test cricket proved to be a big difference in many competitions. Debut played like experienced cricketers and surprised everyone. Their skills made them brighter than many established cricketers.
Therefore, since we are at the end of 2018, we should take a look at the top 5 test debuts in this section.
5 . Lungi Ngidi :-
At the beginning of this year, the South African bowling talent was a lungi ngidi to everyone. When he was given his test cap in Centurion in January, he ensured that he got this opportunity with both hands. He picked up his first 5-match Test match against India and conceded just 151 runs!
In all four test matches, Lungi has taken 15 wickets at an average of 19.53. He has proven to be the natural born successor of Morne Morkel who retired earlier this year. Together with Rabada and Philander, they make the deadly trio of fast bowlers who can dispel any opposition, especially in their home condition.
Also for his successful performances in shorter formats, he has been picked up by Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019. He is surely a youngster who has shown great potential.
With the likes of Dale Steyn still around in the South African dressing room, a young lad like Lungi Ngidi will learn from him and hopefully develop himself into a proper bowler in Test matches.
4. Rishabh Pant/ Ben Foakes :-
This year, two great debut wicketkeeping batsmen, Rishabh Pant of India and Ben Foakes of England. There are two very different types of players in approach and attitude towards the game, but both of them have shown great promise.
Rishabh Pant came into the Test arena after a horrible batting display from Dinesh Karthik in England in the first two Tests. Naturally, an aggressive player Rishabh Pant made a century (114) in the fifth test match against England at the Oval. He also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score test runs in foreign conditions.
Pant proved his game as a wicketkeeper and a batsman in 2018. He recently took a world record 11 catches in a match at Adelaide Oval and has equalled legendary Syed Kirmani’s record of most no of catches in a Test series against Australia by taking 15 catches in two matches and with still two more matches to go.
After that, he missed out on making a century against the West Indies in home conditions, but quickly got out by making half-century.
At the same time, Ben Foakes made an invaluable century against Sri Lanka in the first Test match of the series, in his first Test match at Gaul. He replaced Johnny Bairstow, who was injured at that time playing football.
When England looked critically, Ben Foakes came out and made a spectacular Test ton of 107 (202) made by an English batsman in the subcontinent conditions. He followed it with the fast half-century in the second Test at Pallekele.
He is definitely a great discovery for England and there is no doubt that he is going to put more pressure on Bairstow and Butler if he does not perform well in the upcoming series’.
3. Prithvi Shaw :-
Every decade the Indian cricket seems to find a young batting prodigy who is up and ready to take on any bowling attack. Prithvi Shaw is probably the newest addition in the great pantheon of Indian batting.
He made a similar century to Sachin Tendulkar on his debut in the Ranji Trophy along with the Duleep Trophy. Then he led Under-19 to win the World Cup under the mentorship of legendary Rahul Dravid.
He was selected for the last two Tests of England tour but despite not getting a chance, he waited until he got a chance and when he came, he grabbed it with both his hands.
At the start of the Test match, he scored a superb 134 against the West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium and scored a half century in the second Test.
In the ongoing tour of India vs. Australia, he was injured and sent home to recover. With the high-class transition into the toughest format of the game and the ability to score runs quickly, there is no doubt that he is future of Indian batting.
2. Sam Curran :-
The Surrey lad burst onto the international screen with his impressive all-around performance on his debut against India at Edgbaston. His contribution with the bat was the difference between the two teams in the first match of the series.
Sam Curran destroyed Indian top order with the ball by picking three wickets in just eight balls. He scored 24 and 63 runs in the first and second innings respectively. He took five wickets in the match.
He was dropped for the Trent Bridge Test, but in the fourth Test match in Southampton, he got a place in the team, where once again he proved the difference between the two sides. He scored 78 and 46 runs in the corresponding innings and also took two wickets in each. Man of the Series was chosen for his all-round contribution.
His exploits didn’t just stop in his home country but extended to subcontinent too. He scored a brilliant 48 in the first Test match at Galle and then backed it up with explosive 64, garnished with six mighty sixes in the second Test match at Pallekele.
He has scored more than 400 runs and has so far taken 14 wickets. No other English left arm has taken 100 Test wickets, but the pace at which Sam is moving ahead is undoubtedly the first opportunity to have a rare achievement.
1. Jasprit Bumrah :-
Everyone who saw Jasprit Bumrah with that unique action, bowling those skiddy nippers and toe crushers might have made up their mind that he was going to be the future of Indian bowling in shorter formats. But can Jasprit Bumrah be an effective Test bowler? This was the question that troubled everyone.
Bumrah was given a test cap in an important tour of South Africa in early January this year. His involvement in the Indian team led to a change in Indian cricket.
With Shami, Ishant, Umesh and Bhuvi, who have all the different features, provided strength and depth in the bowling attack, for the first time, the Indian bowling unit had all the ammunition to rattle oppositions in their own backyard.
Bumrah, being an intelligent cricketer, succeeded overnight in South Africa and the following England tour. He performed his first day in Johannesburg and started a promising test career in this way.
He went to England and due to injury, he had to wait for his turn till the third Test match in Trent Bridge. Not only did he pick up his second fifer but also shut down his critics who had sidelined him in England.
He played an important role in India’s victory over that England tour when he picked up a dangerous partnership created by Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
He has been the most effective and impressive bowler for India in the Australian tour and undoubtedly has become captain, go-to-man.
He has taken 39 wickets in just eight matches, which he has played in this calendar year and there is no doubt that he is going to be a bowler in the coming years.
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