3 Unique bowling records held by Indians in first-class cricket

3 Unique bowling records held by Indians in first-class cricket

Here we look at some of the unique records created by Indian bowlers in first-class cricket.

Denis Compton
Denis Compton. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)

Over the years, the bowlers produced by India have not created an impact in first-class cricket compared to what the batsmen managed to do. Even most of the Indian domestic competitions are known to create big scores by the batsmen and record team totals. However, the Indian bowlers do hold some of the unique records in the history of first-class cricket. There is a good possibility of them owning few more records in the coming years with the inclusion of new teams in the Ranji Trophy.

Here we look at some of the unique records created by Indian bowlers in first-class cricket:

3. Hat-trick in the very first over

Ravi Yadav
Ravi Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2019/20 Ranji Trophy witnessed a variety of records but Ravi Yadav’s hat-trick on his first-class debut remains the most unique one. The left-arm pacer from Madhya Pradesh made his debut at the Holkar Stadium against Uttar Pradesh.

The UP team had to bat about 8 overs on the first day after the home team were bowled out for 230 on a seaming track. Ravi picked the wickets of Aryan Juyal, Ankit Rajpoot and Sameer Rizvi on the 3rd, 4th and 5th balls of the first over he bowled.

Thus, Ravi Yadav became the first player in the first-class history to claim a hat-trick in their first over on debut. Ravi finished with a 5-wicket haul as Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 216 and conceded a 14-run first-innings lead. However, Ravi Yadav’s efforts went in vain as Uttar Pradesh won the game by 7 wickets. The hosts Madhya Pradesh collapsed from 145/3 to 160/10 and set a target of only 175 to the visiting team.