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Bowlers who dismissed Virat Kohli as their first wicket in Internationals

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Alzarri Joseph (L) of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli, the Indian Test captain, walked out to bat at No.3 for the first time in Tests since the 2012-13 season on the first day of the 3rd Test match against West Indies after Jason Holder had asked India to bat first.

Kohli faced the 19-year old Alzarri Joseph who eventually dismissed the Indian skipper with a ball that bounced a bit more than usually and all Kohli managed was to edge it to slips. With the wicket, Joseph opened his wickets tally in Test as well as in International cricket.

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This isn’t the first time Virat Kohli got out to a debutant in any format. Indeed, it was the 11th such instance and 4th time in Test cricket.

Here is the list of bowlers who dismissed Virat Kohli on their debut:

Player Opposition Venue Date Inns Format
Chanaka Welegedara Sri Lanka Rajkot 15-Dec-09 1 ODI
Suraj Randiv Sri Lanka Nagpur 18-Dec-09 1 ODI
John Hastings Australia Visakhapatnam 20-Oct-10 2 ODI
Sunil Narine West Indies Ahmedabad 5-Dec-11 2 ODI
Shaminda Eranga Sri Lanka Pallekele 7-Aug-12 1 T20I
Stuart Meaker England Pune 20-Dec-12 2 T20I
Mohammad Irfan Pakistan Bangalore 25-Dec-12 1 T20I
Glenn Maxwell Australia Hyderabad 2-Mar-13 2 Test
Josh Hazlewood Australia Brisbane 17-Dec-14 1 Test
Kagiso Rabada South Africa Mohali 5-Nov-15 1 Test
Alzarri Joseph West Indies Gros Islet 9-Aug-16 1 Test

 

Chanaka Welegedara and Josh Hazlewood picked up Virat Kohli on their respective ODI and Test debuts but was not their maiden wicket.

Also read – West Indies v India 3rd Test, Day 1 – Statistical Highlights

Considering a players’ first wicket in a certain format, Joseph was only the 10th player to make Kohli his maiden victim in a format. In Tests, before Alzarri, only Kagiso Rabada had Kohli as his maiden wicket. Interestingly, both came as U19 bowling stars featuring in the U19 World Cup. Rabada from the 2014 U19 WC while Joseph is fresh from the 2016 WC.

Bowlers who got the wicket of Virat Kohli as their maiden wicket in a format:

Player Opposition Venue Date Inns Format Debut
Adam Voges Australia Vadodara 25-Oct-09 2 ODI No
Suraj Randiv Sri Lanka Nagpur 18-Dec-09 1 ODI Yes
John Hastings Australia Visakhapatnam 20-Oct-10 2 ODI Yes
Sunil Narine West Indies Ahmedabad 5-Dec-11 2 ODI Yes
Brad Hogg Australia Sydney 1-Feb-12 2 T20I No
Mitchell Marsh Australia Melbourne 3-Feb-12 2 T20I No
Stuart Meaker England Pune 20-Dec-12 2 T20I Yes
Mohammad Irfan Pakistan Bangalore 25-Dec-12 1 T20I Yes
Kagiso Rabada South Africa Mohali 5-Nov-15 1 Test Yes
Alzarri Joseph West Indies Gros Islet 9-Aug-16 1 Test Yes

 

Not many players before Alzarri Joseph had a chance to make Virat Kohli as their first ever wicket in International cricket. The last player was Sunil Narine, also from West Indies.

Bowlers who got the wicket of Virat Kohli as their maiden in International cricket:

Player Opposition Venue Date Inns Format Debut
Suraj Randiv Sri Lanka Nagpur 18-Dec-09 1 ODI Yes
John Hastings Australia Visakhapatnam 20-Oct-10 2 ODI Yes
Sunil Narine West Indies Ahmedabad 5-Dec-11 2 ODI Yes
Alzarri Joseph West Indies Gros Islet 9-Aug-16 1 Test Yes

 

Josh Hazlewood also picked up Virat Kohli’s wicket on his International debut but it was his 2nd wicket in Tests.

(Stats Updated till 9th August 2016)

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