PAK vs ENG: Youngest to take 5-wicket haul on debut in men’s test

Debutant Rehan Ahmed put England in the driver's seat with his five-fer as England completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Babar Azam-led Pakistan on Tuesday, December 20.

PAK vs ENG: Youngest to take 5-wicket haul on debut in men’s test

Debutant Rehan Ahmed put England in the driver's seat with his five-fer as England completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Babar Azam-led Pakistan on Tuesday, December 20.
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During the third Test between Pakistan and England, debutant Rehan Ahmed bowled his heart out as he became the youngest to claim a five-fer on his Test debut. Ahmed bagged his five-fer in Pakistan’s second innings by dismissing Agha Salman. In Pakistan’s first innings, Salman bagged two wickets. He put England in the driver’s seat with his five-fer as England completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Babar Azam-led Pakistan on Tuesday, December 20.

PAK vs ENG: Youngest to take 5-wicket haul on debut in men's test | Sportz Point
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Rehan Ahmed (18y and 128d) became the youngest debutant in the history of men’s Test cricket to claim a five-fer, going past current Australian Test captain Pat Cummins, who had achieved the feat while he was 18 years and 196 days old.

Ahmed bagged the wickets of Saud Shakeel and Faheem Ashraf in Pakistan’s first innings. In response to Pakistan’s 304 in the first innings, England scored 354 runs to take a 50-run lead. Ahmed produced an even better show in Pakistan’s second innings as he removed skipper Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Agha Salman.

PAK vs ENG: List of the youngest to take 5-wicket haul on debut (in men’s test)

RankPlayer NameOpponentYearAge
1.Rehan AhmedPakistan202218y 126d
2.Pat CumminsSouth Africa201118y 193d
3.Shahid AfridiAustralia199818y 235d
4.Nayeem HasanWest Indies201818y 283d
.5.Shahid NazirZimbabwe199618y 318d

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Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad appreciated Rehan’s show in Karachi during the innings break on Sky Sports Cricket.

“He looks like he bowls wicket-taking deliveries, which is a great sign and what you want from leggies in your team. He’s come into the side and the environment — the culture of the England side and the mentality — at the perfect time because no one will be talking about economy rates or boundaries. They’ll just be talking about wickets. He looks like he’s going to be a natural wicket-taker.”

“The best thing about it is that it was a game-changing five-fer. The game was slowly moving towards Pakistan while Babar was going on or at least in the balance. He has turned the game completely in England’s favor. It won’t be easy but this total should be got.”

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