Andrew Mathieson © Getty Images
Andrew Mathieson (left) struck early to get his career off up and running © Getty Images

In the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between England and New Zealand at Chester-le-Street, Andrew Mathieson became the second New Zealand bowler to take a wicket off his very first delivery in ODIs. Bharath Seervi lists players who took a wicket on their first ball in ODIs and how far they excelled in bowling in their career. READ: ENG vs NZ ODI series — A series breaking all batting records

A wicket on the very first ball of career is always a remarkable feat for any player, and Andrew Mathieson did exactly the same for New Zealand against England in the final ODI at Chester-le-Street, Durham on June 20, 2015. It was Mathieson’s first ball in international cricket. Unfortunately, that was the all he could do for his side.

Mathieson conceded 40 from his next 23 balls in the match without picking up any further wicket. His first ball of the match produced a wicket dismissing the opener Jason Roy and his last ball of the match gave England a 3-2 victory in the series. He conceded two runs in his last ball which England needed in seven balls to clinch the victory. A dream debut ended in the completely opposite way! READ: Highest ODI totals after losing wicket on the first ball of the match

The only other New Zealander to take a wicket on his first ball in ODIs was Shane Thomson against India at Dunedin on March 1, 1990. Overall Andrew Mathieson is the 20th to player to have the honour of picking up a wicket on ODI career’s first delivery. The last to do this before Mathieson was Kenneth Kamyuka of Canada against Netherlands in 2013.

The table below lists all the 20 players who have got this feat along with the batsmen whom they dismissed. READ: England vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Records galore

Wicket in ODI career’s first ball

Bowler

Batsman

Team

Against

Venue

Season

Geoff Arnold

Graeme Watson

England

Australia

Old Trafford

1972

Clive Lloyd

Mike Denness

West Indies

England

The Oval

1973

Shahid Mahboob

Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Pakistan

India

Lahore

1982-83

Shane Thomson

Mohammad Azharuddin

New Zealand

India

Dunedin

1989-90

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Brian Lara

Pakistan

West Indies

Faisalabad

1991-92

Everton Matambanadzo

Shahid Afridi

Zimbabwe

Pakistan

Peshawar

1996-97

Sadagoppan Ramesh

Nixon MacLean

India

West Indies

Singapore

1999-00

Wavell Hinds

MSK Prasad

West Indies

India

Singapore

1999-00

Josephat Ababu

Neil Johnson

Kenya

Zimbabwe

Nairobi

1999-00

Martin van Jaarsveld

Talha Jubair

South Africa

Bangladesh

Kimberley

2002-03

Monde Zondeki

Marvan Atapattu

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Bloemfontein

2002-03

Kaushal Lokuarachchi

Steve Tikolo

Sri Lanka

Kenya

Sharjah

2002-03

Rikki Clarke

Imran Nazir

England

Pakistan

Old Trafford

2003

Fidel Edwards

Barney Rogers

West Indies

Zimbabwe

Harare

2003-04

Thilan Thushara

Runako Morton

Sri Lanka

West Indies

St Lucia

2007-08

Parth Desai

Andre Fletcher

Canada

West Indies

Sabina Park

2009-10

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Mohammad Hafeez

India

Pakistan

Chepauk

2012-13

Kenneth Kamyuka

Daan van Bunge

Canada

Netherlands

King City

2013

Andrew Mathieson

Jason Roy

New Zealand

England

Chester-le-Street

2015

The bowlers highlighted in bold are part-timers.

–          Everton Matambanadzo and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked wickets on the first ball of their team’s innings.

–          Sadagoppan Ramesh and Wavell Hinds did it in the same match.

–          Fidel Edwards had the best figures in the match among the above players — 6 for 22, still the best bowling figures for anyone on ODI debut. He is the only player to take six wickets on ODI debut.

–          Matambanadzo and Kenneth Kamyuka took four wickets each — 4 for 32 and 4 for 38 respectively.

–          It was the only ball delivered by Martin van Jaarsveld in the match.

–          Kevin O’Brien has the most number of wickets in ODIs among the 20 players who took a wicket on their first ball in ODIs — 74 wickets from 91 matches and 76 innings. He is followed by Edwards (60) and Thilan Thushara (50).

–          It remained the only wicket of Ramesh’s ODI career.

Footnote Trivia

–          Shaminda Eranga is the only bowler to take a wicket in his first over in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He picked up a wicket on his first ball in Tests.

–          Bhuvneshwar’s first wicket in each of three formats were bowled. He is the only player to achieve this.

–          Roy (batsman) was also dismissed off the first ball he faced in his ODI career.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)