Taking a wicket with your first ball in a World Cup match is
a sensational achievement for any bowler. Let us look at the three players who
have taken a wicket off their first delivery in the World Cup.
#1 Ian Harvey (Australia) – against Pakistan in 2003 World
During the group stage match between Australia and Pakistan,
Ian Harvey took the wicket of a well-set Salim Elahi with his first ball of the
Batting first, Australia scored 310 runs from 50 overs
courtesy a brilliant century from Andrew Symonds. Coming to bat at No. 6, he
scored 143 runs from 125 balls including 18 fours and 2 sixes.
Chasing 311 for victory, Pakistan lost 3 wickets before
registering 50 runs on the board. Just when it seemed like Salim Elahi and
Mohammad Yousuf were building a partnership, Ilahi nicked the first ball of
Harvey straight into the hands of Brett Lee.
Australia went on to win the game by 82 runs and Harvey
finished his spell with a magnificent 4/58.
#2 Malachi Jones (Bermuda) – against India in 2007 World Cup
During the group stage match between India and Bermuda in
2007, Malachi Jones (Bermuda) took the wicket of Robin Uthappa with his very
first ball. However, this was the only moment of happiness for them as India
went on to score a mammoth 413, with the help of a fine ton from Virender
Sehwag (114 off 87-balls) and half-centuries from Sourav Ganguly (89 off 114
balls), Yuvraj Singh (83 off 46 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (57 off 29 balls).
Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar took 3 wickets each and
restricted Bermuda to a paltry 156. Even though India won the game by a record
margin of 257 runs, they were knocked out of the tournament in the group stage
itself, following their defeats against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
# 3 Vijay Shankar (India) – against Pakistan in 2019 World
When India faced Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup, a magnificent century from Rohit Sharma (140 runs from 113 balls, 14*4, 3*6)
helped India post a commendable 336 runs on the board. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar,
while bowling his third over, suffered a hamstring injury and Vijay Shankar
came on to complete the over.
The first ball that Shankar delivered saw Pakistan opener
Imam-ul-Haq getting trapped in front of the wicket. In the rain-affected match,
Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually fell short by 89 runs