Shahbaz Nadeem Fourth Indian Bowler to Bag Maiden Test Wicket Through Stumping, Achieves Feat During 3rd IND vs SA Test Match
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India debutant Shahbaz Nadeem foxed Temba Bavuma to take his first international wicket in Test cricket. The 30-year-old spinner left Bavuma in the middle of nowhere to claim his first international wicket for India in what was his fourth over in the innings. Bavuma was stumped by wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha when trying to step out of the crease and defend, making Nadeem the fourth Indian bowler to have achieved his maiden wicket via stumping. The Jharkhand-born cricketer thus joined an elite Indian list, which includes national women’s team coach WV Raman, whose debut international wicket came via stumping. India Vs South Africa, Live Cricket Score 3rd Test Match.

Interestingly, all three of Nadeem’s overs prior to his wicket had been maidens. When he dismissed Bavuma, Nadeem’s figures – while he is playing at his home ground – read 3.2 overs, three maidens, zero runs and one wicket. Bavuma, who was looking good for his 14th half-century, had stitched a 50-plus run with debutant Zubayr Hamza and was edging towards a big score before Nadeem’s sharp turner left him bamboozled. Zubayr Hamza Slams His Maiden Test Fifty on the Day 3 of the 3rd India vs South Africa Test 2019.

Apart from Nadeem and Raman, Margashayam Venkataramana and Aashish Kapoor are the other Indian bowlers to have claimed their first international wicket through stumpings. Three of the four Indian bowlers, who achieved their first international wicket via stumping, did it against the West Indies. IND vs SA, 3rd Test 2019: Nadeem, Jadeja Leaves South Africa Starring At Another Chastening in Ranchi.

Raman, who is currently the head coach of Indian national cricket team, dismissed West Indies great Courtney Walsh to achieve the feat at Chennai in 1988. Walsh was stumped by Kiran More in Raman’s only over of the game. Venkataramana, who represented India in only one Test match, had Desmond Haynes stumped by More for his maiden and only wicket in 1989 at Kingston, Jamaica. Kapoor removed Carl Hooper at Mohali in 1994 for his first wicket. Hooper was stumped by Vijay Manjrekar.

The wicket came in the second delivery of the 29th over of South Africa’s innings when debutant Nadeem – bowling his only fourth over in international cricket – dragged back his back length and also extracted some sharp turn off the pitch when he realised that Temba was stepping out. Bavuma, who had by then stepped out to defend, was nowhere close to the delivery and was foxed by the extra bounce Nadeem had extracted from the pitch. The delivery went straight to wicket-keeper Saha, who wasted no time in removing the bails to give Nadeem his first Test wicket for India.