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:
|Final Bowling Figures|
|Result for India|
|4th||Vusimuzi Sibanda (Zim)||10-1-24-4||Perth||2004||Won by 4 wickets|
|5th||Arshad Ali (UAE)||8-0-28-3||Dambulla||2004||Won by116 runs|
|6th||Imran Nazir (Pak)||10-0-52-3||Colombo RPS||2004||Lost by 59 runs|
|6th||Imran Farhat (Pak)||9-1-34-3||Birmingham||2004||Lost by 3 wickets|
|6th||Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)||8-0-37-4||Mohali||2005||Won by 8 wickets|
|5th||Abraham de Villiers (SA)||6-1-23-3||Bangalore||2005||Won by 6 wickets|
|6th||Upul Tharanga (SL)||10-0-38-1||Dambulla||2005||Lost by 4 wickets|
|2nd||Salman Butt (Pak)||10-1-43-3||Rawalpindi||2006||Won by 7 wickets|
At Perth, Pathan also dismissed Tatenda Taibu in the same over (off his sixth ball).