Indian Bowlers Who have made Overseas Debuts in the 2010s


Modified Dec 30, 2020 12:18 AM IST

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Injuries have left India with a smaller group of players to choose from.

With Mohammad Shami’s latest injury, Mohammad Siraj was handed a Test debut.

Playing his first Test, Mohammad Siraj went against common trends and made an excellent debut.

He took wickets and maintained the pressure built by the senior bowlers.

As a bowler, he was put into more challenging situations as the Test went on, taking the second pacer’s role after Umesh Yadav left the field.

Mohammad Siraj’s successful debut is contrary to what many bowlers faced over the last decade, making their debut overseas.

Below are a few players who have been handed overseas debuts.

Handing an overseas debut has had various effects on players, with only one player finding Test success so far.

Karn Sharma:

Karn Sharma playe in India’s first Test during the 2014 Australian Tour

Karn Sharma has immense domestic Cricket and IPL experience.

He has been around for a considerable period and is a prominent figure in the IPL.

One of the latest overseas debutants, Karn Sharma, made his debut at Adelaide in 2014.

It was the first Test of the series, and Virat Kohli was the stand-in captain for the Test.

Karn Sharma’s selection was a brave decision, as he was picked over Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

The leg-spinner picked up four wickets, which involved two scalps of David Warner, but went for 238 runs at a high economy.

The Test was his only international game in any format, and he has been overlooked ever since.

Pankaj Singh:

Pankaj Singh is another domestic giant who toiled hard before getting a chance with the national side.

He went on numerous tours with India A and was on the fringes of the Indian team.

He made the Indian squad for a couple of tours as a back-up option but only got an opportunity during a Test series in England.

With Ishant Sharma injured, Pankaj Singh made his Test debut in Southampton.

With catches dropped off his bowling and some good batting, Pankaj Singh went wicketless on his Test debut.

He created a record for the most expensive figures by a debutant without a wicket.

Despite the poor showing, Pankaj Singh played the next Test and took two wickets.

He couldn’t do enough as he was out of the squad shortly after Ishant Sharma’s return.

He played one ODI and two Tests.

Jaydev Unadkat:

One of the younger members on this list, Jaydev Unadkat, made his debut at Centurion at 19.

He came in after an injury to Zaheer Khan but went wicketless in Centurion.

With no wickets and injuries and stiff competition, Jaydev Unadkat could not find a place in the Test side after a solitary Test.

His left-arm variety is a point to consider, but with other bowlers’ fitness and presence, his return has been difficult.

With some good domestic performances, Jaydev Unadkat has still managed to play for India in the shorter formats.

His last appearance came in 2018, against Bangladesh.

Vinay Kumar:

Former Karnataka pacer Vinay Kumar received a call-up for the Australian tour in 2011.

He made his debut in the third Test of the series and took one wicket in India’s only bowling innings.

He found a spot in the eleven as India went with four pacers but was left out when Ashwin returned to the side.

Not the fastest of bowlers, Vinay Kumar has a handy bag of tricks and was useful in the limited-overs formats.

The Perth Test was his last, but he managed to play thirty-one ODIs and nine T20s.

Praveen Kumar:

Praveen Kumar had an excellent career in one-day Cricket and was a very talented player.

Like Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar wasn’t the fastest, but he could swing the ball beautifully and was very accurate.

A regular member of the Indian side, Praveen Kumar was part of some famous Limited-Overs wins and had a fair share of injuries.

He made his Test debut in 2011 against West Indies at Kingston.

Unlike the other bowlers on the list, Praveen Kumar was successful in the six Tests he played.

He did an excellent job in the West Indies and England, averaging 25.81.

He started with a lot of promise, but injuries restricted his career to just six Tests.

He played his last Test on the same year he made his Test debut, and his limited-overs career met its end a year later.

Stuart Binny:

Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny made his Test debut at Nottingham in 2014.

His all-around ability looked promising, and he proved his bowling abilities in limited-overs Cricket before his Test debut.

His ability to swing the ball was talked about.

He made the headlines with his limited-overs performances as well, with a notable six-wicket haul against Bangladesh.

Despite all the noise around Binny, the all-rounder only played six Tests, taking three wickets and scoring 194 runs.

He had a brief limited-overs career as well and last played for India in 2016.

Jasprit Bumrah:

Jasprit Bumrah is the latest bowler to make a Test debut overseas, before Mohammad Siraj.

By the time Bumrah started his Test career, he had named himself in limited-overs Cricket.

A successful Test debut in South Africa saw him become a crucial bowler for India across formats.

He has done an excellent job so far and is yet to play a Test in India, with all sixteen Tests coming outside the subcontinent.