Who is India’s youngest Test debutant in Australia?

By Bet Barter

December 26, 2020

The India vs Australia Boxing Day Test is currently in full swing. Both the top two teams lock horns at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The men in blue have made four changes to the side. Team India has played two debutants, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj.

Mohammed Siraj has made his test debut at the age of 26 years and 288 days. He is the replacement of Mohammed Shami in the side. Shubman Gill, who is also making his Test debut for India is 21 years and 109 days old.

However, the batsman is not the youngest Indian cricketer to make his Test debut in Australia. India’s finest all-rounder Irfan Pathan made his debut at Adelaide Oval when he was just 19 years old.

Which year did Irfan Pathan make his Test debut?

The bowling all-rounder made his Test debut for India on December 12, 2003. The pacer was part of the team during the 2nd India vs Australia Test of that series. The Indian team won that match by four wickets. The youngster was picked as a replacement of pacer Zaheer Khan who had picked up an injury in the 1st Test.

Pathan made an imposing International debut as he picked up a wicket in the first innings. His first Test wicket was that of Matthew Hayden.

However, the left-hander could not manage to pick up a wicket in the second innings. He ended the match figures of 34-3-160-1. Irfan also got a chance to bat for the side in the 1st innings. He scored one run off 13 deliveries before giving away his wicket to Stuart MacGill.

Irfan Pathan’s test stats and records for India

Irfan was acknowledged as India’s one of the most balanced all-rounders during his playing career. Even though he started his career as a lower-order batsman, Pathan was also given chances to bat at the order’s top.

It was his bowling that genuinely stood out during his India outings. The former cricketer was known for swinging the ball both ways. He was also talented at reverse turning the ball.

The 36-year-old ended his cricketing career playing a total of 29 Tests for India. He has also scored 1105 runs at an decent average of 31.57. Pathan has smashed six fifties and a century for the Indian cricket team.

The left-arm pacer has grabbed 100 wickets in Tests with a strike rate of 58.8. His best figures during an innings were seven wickets for 59 runs against Zimbabwe back in 2005.

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