I noticed that Tabraiz Shamsi has played 12 T20Is so far without scoring a run. Is this a record? asked Dinesh Manraj from the West Indies
The South African left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi has indeed played a dozen T20Is so far without scoring a run (mainly because he’s only been needed to face five balls so far. Four other players didn’t score a run in their first 12 matches: Jasprit Bumrah of India, Krishmar Santokie of West Indies, Ish Sodhi of New Zealand and Umar Gul of Pakistan.
Santokie only ever played 12 matches, so never did get off the mark. Sodhi opened his account in his 13th match, and now has a princely 50 runs from 33 games, while Gul also scored his first runs in his 13th game, and ended up with no fewer than 165 (from 60 appearances). The record is held by Bumrah, who finally got off the mark in his 27th match, in which he amassed 7 against Australia, in Guwahati in October 2017.
Shamsi has also failed to trouble the scorers in his 13 one-day internationals. He’s one of seven to get that far without troubling the scorers (Bumrah is another). The record is held by the Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger, who didn’t score his first run until his 20th ODI.
Waqas Maqsood of Pakistan recently made his T20I debut on his birthday. Has anyone else ever done this? asked Qamaruddin Sadiq from Pakistan
The Pakistan left-arm seamer Waqas Maqsood played his first T20I – against New Zealand in Dubai – on November 4 last year, which was his 31st birthday. He’s actually the first player to make his T20 debut on his birthday (it was his overall international debut too).
There have been 12 men who made their Test debut on their birthday, including another current Pakistan player, Shan Masood, in 2013-14. And 14 men have marked their birthday by making their one-day international debut, the most recent being Binod Bhandari of Nepal (against UAE in Dubai last month, and New Zealand’s George Worker (against South Africa in Potchefstroom in August 2015). Both Bhandari and Worker had previously appeared in T20Is.
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