John Nyumbu recorded figures of five for 157 © AFP
John Nyumbu recorded figures of five for 157 © AFP

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 11, 2014

John Nyumbu became the second Zimbabwe bowler to take five wickets in an innings on Test debut. He achieved the milestone during the only Test against South Africa at the Harare Sports Club. Nyumbu recorded figures of five for 157 as Zimbabwe bowled South Africa out for 397. Andy Blignaut was the first Zimbabwean bowler to achieve the milestone has he recorded figures of five for 73 against Bangladesh in the year 2001.

Nyumbu’s feat is remarkable in a way that it came against South Africa, the No 1 side in Test cricket at the moment. Four out of the top five best figures for Zimbabwe came against Bangladesh.

Player Year Opposition Figures
Andy Blignaut 2001 Bangladesh 5 for 73
John Nyumbu 2014 South Africa 5 for 157
Kyle Jarvis 2011 Bangladesh 4 for 61
Brian Vitori 2011 Bangladesh 4 for 66
Christopher Mpofu 2005 Bangladesh 4 for 109

John Nyumbu became the second Zimbabwe bowler to take five wickets in an innings on Test debut. He achieved the milestone during the only Test against South Africa at the Harare Sports Club. Nyumbu recorded figures of five for 157 as Zimbabwe bowled South Africa out for 397. Andy Blignaut was the first Zimbabwean bowler to achieve the milestone has he recorded figures of five for 73 against Bangladesh in the year 2001.

Nyumbu’s feat is remarkable in a way that it came against South Africa, the No 1 side in Test cricket at the moment. Four out of the top five best figures for Zimbabwe came against Bangladesh.