November 6, 2013: Mohammed Shami Makes Fine Test Debut At Eden Gardens
November 6, 2013, will always be a memorable day for Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami. He made his debut on this day in the Test format against the West Indies. Shami picked nine wickets in the first Test India played against Windies at his home ground, i.e Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The pacer was in great form against Australia in the ODIs prior to the series before he was present his debut Test cap. He bowled consistently against West Indies in that match, adjusting his pace to an average of 130 km/hr on a slow pitch in Kolkata. His deliveries were gaining reverse swing with both the old and the new ball.
Well done @MdShami11 for your brilliant spell.. 5 wicket hauls.. brilliant 💪.. india won the first test congratulations @BCCI— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 6, 2019
Debut day: November 6, 2013
Electing to bat, the West Indies team collapsed to a score of 234 runs. Marlon Samuels top-scored for the Windies side with a 98-ball-65. Shami picked four crucial wickets of the Windies side, a rarity for an Indian bowler on Test debut. He sent back Kieran Powell, Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and Sheldon Cottrell to the pavilion in the first innings. India posted a mammoth total of 453 runs. Rohit Sharma (177) and Ravichandran Ashwin (124) scored centuries for team India in that match. Shane Shillingford picked six wickets for Windies.
Shami's best figures in test cricket
Shami mops up in second innings
Meanwhile, Windies lost the match by an innings and 51 runs as they collapsed to 168 runs in the second innings. Indian bowlers charged an attack against the Windies batting line up as their second innings ended in 54.1 overs. Shami picked five wickets in the process with an economy rate of 3.56. He picked up the significant wickets of Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, skipper Darren Sammy, S Shillingford and Sheldon Cottrell. His match figures of 9-118 won Shami the Player of the Match award on debut.