Pakistani bowler Tabish Khan gets a chance to debut after 18 years, wicket in first over
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Pakistan fast bowler Tabish Khan started playing first class cricket in the year 2002. Khan has taken 598 wickets in 137 first class matches.
9th May, 2021
Pakistan's 36-year-old fast bowler Tabish Khan has taken a wicket in the first over against Zimbabwe in his debut Test match. Tabish Khan made his debut in first-class cricket in the year 2002 and he got an opportunity to make his debut in international cricket after 19 years. This bowler has 598 wickets in 137 first-class matches, 73 in 58 List A matches, and 42 wickets in 43 T20 matches. Tabish was included in the team in the two-Test series against South Africa this year, although he did not get a chance to play.
In the last 70 years in the debut test, Tabish has become the first aging player to take a wicket in the first over. Prior to that in 1951, South African fast bowler GW Chubb took a wicket in the first over against England at the age of 40. Pakistan captain Babar Azam gave Khan the second over of Zimbabwe's first innings. Tabish bowled the first five balls, and on the last ball, Zimbabwean opener Taraisai Musakanda was lbw. Let me tell you that Khan is the third oldest player to make a Test debut on behalf of Pakistan. Tabish Khan is 36 years old, 146 days old. Miran Bakhsh made a debut for Pakistan in 1955 at the age of 47, 284 days. Before that in 1952, Aamir Elahi made a test debut for Pakistan at the age of 44 years, 45 days.
Abid Ali hit a double century
Earlier, after opening the opening double century of opener Abid Ali's career, Pakistan strengthened their position in the second Test cricket match by crushing the top order of Zimbabwe. Abid scored an unbeaten 215 runs. Apart from him, Azhar Ali scored 126 and lower-order batsman Nauman Ali scored 97 runs. Pakistan declared their first innings by scoring 510 runs for eight wickets. Zimbabwe has scored 52 runs for four wickets in their first innings till the end of the second day's play and they are 458 runs behind Pakistan.
Pakistan started playing ahead by 268 runs for four wickets in the morning. Apart from Abid's double century, the highlight of the Pakistani innings on the second day was Nauman's aggressive innings. He scored the first half-century of his career and missed out on a century. Pakistan declared the innings over as soon as they were out. Nauman played 104 balls and hit nine fours and five sixes. Abid played 407 balls and hit 29 fours in his innings. Abid made two big partnerships with Azhar Ali for 236 for the second wicket and 169 for the eighth wicket with Nauman.