08 March, 2021

All About Twirlymen

Ashwin and Ojha’s star turn gives India a spinning hope. Bhajji’s fate rests on his tenacity.

All About Twirlymen

Top Indian Debutants

  • 16-136 N.D. Hirwani vs West Indies, Chennai, 1987-88
  • 9-128 R. Ashwin vs West Indies, Delhi, 2011-12
  • 8-167 D.R. Doshi vs Australia, Chennai, 1979-80
  • 7-81 Shivlal Yadav vs Australia, Bangalore, 1979-80
  • 7-97 M. Patel vs England, Mohali, 2005-06
  • 7-106 A. Mishra vs Australia, Mohali, 2008-09
  • 7-116 S. Abid Ali vs Australia, Adelaide, 1967-68
  • 7-132 V.V. Kumar vs Pakistan, Delhi, 1960-61


What would Harbhajan Singh have done to the West Indians in the first Test in Delhi? Now, that’s idle speculation, for he didn’t play, dropped as he was from the team. The selectors wanted to know how the upcoming spinners would perform at Ferozeshah Kotla, and not how Harbhajan would. But the consequences were important. The ball kept alarmingly low on occasion, the wicket was slow, the visitors aren’t great players of spin. In the event,...

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