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Narendra Deepchand Hirwani

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Narendra Deepchand Hirwani

Born: 18 October 1968

  • He is a leg-spin bowler who played for India.
  • He is mainly remembered for his success on his Test debut.
  • His debut was in the final Test of the series at Madras.
  • The wicket was underprepared. India won an important toss and made 382.
  • He took three of the five West Indian wickets to fall on the second day.
  • On the third morning, He clean-bowled Vivian Richards with a googly which the batsman failed to pick and dismissed the remaining four batsmen to finish with 8 for 61.
  • This made him only the fourth bowler to take eight wickets in an innings on debut.
  • Set 416 to win in the second innings West Indies were dismissed in about 40 overs.
  • The batsmen tried to hit out, the result of which was five stumpings for the wicket-keeper Kiran More.
  • He took 8 for 75, for match figures of 16 for 136.
  • This bettered the record of Bob Massie who had taken 16 for 137 on his debut in 1972 and is still a record to date.
  • More success followed in the home series against New Zealand the next year.
  • The pitches afforded spin; He took 20 wickets in three Tests, and his partner Arshad Ayub 21.
  • In his first four Tests, he had taken 36 wickets, the most by any bowler at this stage of their career.

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