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Irfan's peculiar habit

The Indian bowler has developed a strange habit of striking early in an innings, writes Rajneesh Gupta.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 19:17 IST

Irfan Pathan seems to have developed a rather peculiar habit of striking early in an innings. The dismissal of Salman Butt off his second ball in the Rawalpindi match was the eighth such instance when the Indian claimed a wicket in his very first over in a one-day international.

Of the eight instances, India have won five and lost three times. Two of the defeats came against Pakistan.

Following are the details of the eight games where Pathan went on to claim a wicket in his very first over:

Ball

Victim

Final Bowling Figures

Venue

Year

Result for India
4thVusimuzi Sibanda (Zim)10-1-24-4Perth2004Won by 4 wickets
5thArshad Ali (UAE)8-0-28-3Dambulla2004Won by116 runs
6thImran Nazir (Pak)10-0-52-3Colombo RPS2004Lost by 59 runs
6thImran Farhat (Pak)9-1-34-3Birmingham2004Lost by 3 wickets
6thSanath Jayasuriya (SL)8-0-37-4Mohali2005Won by 8 wickets
5thAbraham de Villiers (SA)6-1-23-3Bangalore2005Won by 6 wickets
6thUpul Tharanga (SL)10-0-38-1Dambulla2005Lost by 4 wickets
2ndSalman Butt (Pak)10-1-43-3Rawalpindi2006Won by 7 wickets

At Perth, Pathan also dismissed Tatenda Taibu in the same over (off his sixth ball).

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 16:02 IST