As the third Test between India and South Africa went underway on Saturday, right-arm pacer Anrich Nortje scalped Virat Kohli early this morning to pick up his first wicket in international cricket. Nortje, who played only one Test prior to this, trapped the Indian captain in front of stumps with a full-length delivery. World No 2 Test batsman Kohli is often considered as one of the most prized wickets in the Indian batting line-up. The Indian skipper is known for his consistent match-winning innings and he is the only cricketer in the world to simultaneously hold an average of 50+ in all three formats of the game.
Big wicket for South Africa!— ICC (@ICC) October 19, 2019
Virat Kohli becomes Anrich Nortje's first Test victim as the paceman traps the Indian skipper in front for 12.#INDvSA LIVE 👇https://t.co/AEYe6hGC3o pic.twitter.com/E57MvnM1zD
After Anrich Nortje’s recent success against Kohli, let’s take a look at 3 bowlers who dismissed the Indian skipper to register their first-ever Test wicket.
The Australian all-rounder made his debut in the second Test of 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Maxwell dismissed the right-hander in India’s first innings to claim his first Test wicket. However, the damage was already done as India’s 503 proved too much for the hosts to secure an innings win over the visitors. Team India went on to win the series 4-0 in a historic whitewash over the Aussies.
South Africa had a nightmarish tour to India when they visited the country for Freedom Trophy in 2015. However, the Proteas did uncover a superstar in the making in the form of Kagiso Rabada. The pacer made his Test debut in Mohali and dismissed the Indian captain to leave the hosts tottering at 65-3 in their first innings. Team India still managed to win the game by 108 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
During India’s successful tour to West Indies in 2016, West Indian paceman Alzarri Joseph made his international debut in the third Test of a four-match series between two nations. Being 1-0 up in the series, the Indian team lost their captain early on Day 1 before Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha rescued the hosts with a 213-run partnership. In a brilliant opening spell, Joseph sent the Indian skipper back to pavilion for just 3 runs.