Pakistani spinner Zahid Mahmood has a shameful record in his name.
He became the highest run-scorer in a debut Test match.
He looted 235 runs in 33 overs against England
New Delhi. The batsmen of England who started the process of beating the bowlers of Pakistan in Rawalpindi Test on one day, stopped at 657 runs on the second day. England finished their first innings at 657 runs on the second day of the Rawalpindi Test. England scored so many runs in 101 overs. During the entire innings, from the first to the last over, England’s run rate was not less than 6.5. In the first innings for England, all the 4 batsmen who crossed the figure of more than 50 runs scored a century. In this Test, 4 players made their debut against Pakistan. Out of this, three were bowlers and all three were thrashed by the English batsmen. 657 runs is England’s fifth highest score in Tests. England’s highest score in Tests was 903/7, which he made against Australia at The Oval in 1938.
Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, who made his Test debut at the age of 34, was thrashed so much by the English batsmen that he already had an embarrassing record in his name. He became the bowler who took the most runs in an innings on Test debut. Zahid bowled the maximum 33 overs in England’s first innings. In this, he looted 235 runs. Means more than 7 runs in every over. This is the highest run rate in an innings of 100+ overs. Zahid threw only one over maiden out of 33. He definitely took 4 wickets. But, the number of runs he wasted in achieving this, hardly any bowler would think of such a debut.
Earlier, the record of giving the most runs in an innings of debut test was in the name of Sri Lankan spinner Suraj Randiv. He gave 222 runs in 2010. Leslie Fleetwood of Australia holds the record for scoring the most runs in an innings of a Test. He gave away 298 runs in an innings of the Oval Test against England in 1938.
Apart from Zahid, fast bowler Mohammad Ali has also made his debut in this test. But, they also proved to be costly. He also gave more than 5 runs in every over. Ali took 2 wickets for 124 runs in 24 overs. On the first day of the Rawalpindi Test, England batsman Harry Brook hit 6 consecutive fours in Saud Shakeel’s over. On the second day, Brook batted against Zahid in a similar manner. Brook scored boundaries on five consecutive balls of Zahid.
Brook scored a total of 27 runs in Zahid’s over. Brook started the over with a six. After this, he hit three consecutive fours and then made the fifth ball fly once again. Brook took 3 runs on the last ball. In this way, a total of 27 runs came in Zahid’s one over.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 02, 2022, 14:12 IST