Karn Sharma had one of the worst Test debuts by an Indian © Getty Images
Karn Sharma had one of the worst Test debuts by an Indian © Getty Images

Bowling at Adelaide Oval on debut, Karn Sharma missed out on a dubious record by five runs. Had he managed to reach there he would have been only the eighth bowler to concede 100 in each innings on debut. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at a plethora of lows Karn missed out on.

If Australia does not bat tomorrow (and they should not, given the situation of the Test) they would deprive Karn Sharma of a dubious “feat”. Of course, one may hold Virat Kohli “responsible” for this, since he replaced Karn with Ishant Sharma after a furious onslaught by Mitchell Marsh (in the process Kohli ended up getting three Sharmas — Karn, Rohit, and Ishant — to bowl consecutive overs).

 

To cut things short, Karn missed out on being the first Indian (and the eighth cricketer) to concede 100 runs in each innings on Test debut. He came agonisingly close, missing the dubious achievement by five runs. Below is the list of bowlers with two “tons” on Test debut (do note that Karn would have finished with four for 238 (or more runs), which would have made his figures worse than Steve O’Keefe’s, who holds the record for the list):

 

Bowlers conceding 100 in each innings on debut — a record Karn Sharma missed out on

 

Bowler

Against

Venue

Season

Innings 1

Innings 2

Combined

Douglas Carr

Australia

The Oval

1909

34-2-146-5

35-1-136-2

69-3-182-7

Tich Freeman

Australia

SCG

1924-25

49-11-124-2

37-4-134-3

86-15-258-5

Frank Ward

England

The Gabba

1936-37

36-3-138-2

46-16-102-6

82-19-240-8

Alf Valentine

England

Old Trafford

1950

50-14-104-8

56-22-100-3

106-36-204-11

Abdur Rehman

South Africa

Karachi

2007-08

31-3-105-4

38-6-105-4

69-9-210-8

Jason Krejza

India

Nagpur

2008-09

43.5-1-215-8

31-3-143-4

74.5-4-358-12

Steven O’Keefe

Pakistan

Dubai

2014-15

30-3-107-2

27-3-112-2

57-6-219-4

Karn Sharma

Australia

Adelaide Oval

2014-15

33-1-143-2

16-2-95-2

49-3-238-4

Freeman and Ward made their debut in matches with eight-ball overs

 

Karn also had a shot at the most runs conceded on debut, but Jason Krejza beat him (and others) to it by a substantial margin. Krejza, however, had 14 wickets to his name. Karn, however, is perched at fifth position, marginally behind Frank Ward’s tally:

 

Most runs conceded on debut

 

Bowler

Against

Venue

Season

Innings 1

Innings 2

Combined

Jason Krejza

India

Nagpur

2008-09

43.5-1-215-8

31-3-143-4

74.5-4-358-12

Douglas Carr

Australia

The Oval

1909

34-2-146-5

35-1-136-2

69-3-182-7

Tich Freeman

Australia

SCG

1924-25

49-11-124-2

37-4-134-3

86-15-258-5

Frank Ward

England

The Gabba

1936-37

36-3-138-2

46-16-102-6

82-19-240-8

Karn Sharma

Australia

Adelaide Oval

2014-15

33-1-143-2

16-2-95-2

49-3-238-4

Freeman and Ward made their debut in matches with eight-ball overs

The next Indian on the list is Sarandeep Singh, with 71-17-206-6

 

Though no Indian has done this on debut, seven have done it in their careers (on 14 occasions). Anil Kumble has done it five times alone, taking 41 wickets in the process. Manoj Prabhakar’s performance at Eden Park remains the worst figures of the lot (though Karn had a chance of beating him).

 

Indians conceding 100 in each innings — another record Karn Sharma missed out on

 

Bowler

Against

Venue

Season

Innings 1

Innings 2

Combined

Subhash Gupte

West Indies

Green Park

1958-59

34.3-11-102-9

23-2-121-1

57.3-13-223-10

EAS Prasanna

West Indies

Chepauk

1966-67

41-11-118-2

37-9-106-3

78-20-224-5

EAS Prasanna

Australia

The Gabba

1967-68

38-6-114-2

33.4-9-104-6

71.4-15-218-8

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

West Indies

Chinnaswamy

1974-75

28-5-112-4

23-3-102-2

51-8-214-6

Manoj Prabhakar

Pakistan

Karachi

1989-90

34.5-6-104-5

30-4-107-1

64.5-10-211-6

Manoj Prabhakar

New Zealand

Eden Park

1989-90

29.2-3-123-3

38-6-118-1

67.2-9-241-4

Manoj Prabhakar

Australia

WACA

1991-92

32.5-9-101-5

32-4-116-1

64.5-13-217-6

Javagal Srinath

South Africa

Eden Gardens

1996-97

37-7-107-2

24.2-2-101-1

61.2-9-208-3

Anil Kumble

West Indies

Queen’s Park Oval

1996-97

39-8-104-5

40-9-109-2

79-17-213-7

Anil Kumble

England

Motera

2001-02

51-13-115-7

38-5-118-3

89-18-233-10

Anil Kumble

Australia

SCG

2003-04

46.5-7-141-8

42-8-138-4

88.5-15-279-12

Anil Kumble

Pakistan

Faisalabad

2005-06

35.2-5-150-3

21-3-118-1

56.2-8-268-4

Anil Kumble

Australia

SCG

2007-08

25.3-0-106-4

40-3-148-4

65.3-3-254-8

Harbhajan Singh

South Africa

Chepauk

2007-08

44.5-4-164-5

34-1-101-3

78.5-5-265-8

Karn Sharma

Australia

Adelaide Oval

2014-15

33-1-143-2

16-2-95-2

49-3-238-4

Prasanna (at Eden Park) bowled in a Test with eight-ball overs

 

 (Abhishek Mukherjee is the Chief Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs here and can be followed on Twitter here.)