Cricket Record: Playing for his country in one-day cricket is a big achievement for any player and if the player has done well in the first match, then that match becomes more memorable for him. Speaking of bowlers, so far, 14 bowlers in total have set a record of taking 5 or more wickets in their first one-day international.
Now let’s look at those two bowlers who made a unique record of taking 6 wickets in their first ODI:
Fidel Edwards of West Indies made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Harare on 29 November 2003 and became the first bowler in the world to take 6 wickets in the first match.
Batting first, West Indies scored 256/3 in 45 overs with the help of Wavell Hinds (127), in response to which Edwards’ superb bowling helped Zimbabwe to score 150/7 in 32 overs. West Indies won by Duckworth-Lewis rule by 72 runs.
Fidel Edwards took 6 wickets for just 22 runs in 7 overs and was adjudged Man of the Match in his debut match.
The legendary South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada made his ODI debut against Bangladesh on 10 July 2015 in Dhaka and was shocked with 6 wickets including a hat-trick in the first match.
Rabada had made a unique record of taking a hat-trick in the debut match by dismissing Tamim Iqbal, Linton Das, and Mahmudullah for three consecutive balls.
Rabada took 6 wickets for just 16 runs in 8 overs and was awarded Man of the Match. In the 40-over match, Bangladesh were all out by scoring 160 runs, in response to which South Africa won by losing two wickets in the 32nd over.