best bowling figures by Indian bowlers on T20I debut
Axar Patel made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe on July 17, 2015.

The Men in Blue started the New Year on a high, as the Hardik Pandya-led side emerged victorious in a closely-fought T20I series against Sri Lanka. While India won the first ODI by two runs, the visitors hit back in the second, clinching it by 16 runs. The hosts were clinical in the final game, with Suryakumar Yadav scoring an unbeaten 112 off 51 balls. Hardik Pandya-led team accumulated 228/5 and bowled out Lanka on a score of 137. Meanwhile, Shivam Mavi was the star of the opening game as he took 4 wickets on his debut. This article will shed light on the five best bowling figures by an Indian on their T20I debut. 

5. Axar Patel 

Axar Patel made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe on July 17, 2015. The 28-year-old took a three-wicket haul in that match and completed his quota of overs with figures of 3/17 in four overs. Axar dismissed Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, and skipper Elton Chigumbura. Patel won the player of the match award for his performance. In that game, India scored 178 in twenty overs, and with the help of Axar’s magic, Ajinkya Rahane-led side restricted Zimbabwe to 124/7. Since his debut, Axar has played 38 T20Is and taken 34 wickets. His debut figure is his best performance to date.

4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

India’s star bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, made his debut against arch-rivals Pakistan on Christmas 2012. In that match, Bhuvi picked up a three-wicket haul and gave away just nine runs. Bhuvi scalped wickets of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, and Umar Akmal. Despite Bhuvi’s magical spell, Pakistan emerged victorious and won the match by five wickets. In 11 years of his T20I career, Kumar has taken 90 wickets in 87 matches and is India’s leading wicket-taker in T20Is.

3. Shivam Mavi

2018 U-19 World Cup winner Shivam Mavi, who debuted against Sri Lanka, is 3rd on the list, with a figure of 4/22 in his four overs. Mavi, who helped India win the game by two runs, picked up the wickets of Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Maheesh Theekshana. Although, Mavi did not win the player of the match award for his performance. IPL defending champions Gujarat Titans recently bought Shivam Mavi for six crores in the auction for the upcoming IPL edition.

2. Pragyan Ojha

Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha ranks second on the list for his four-wicket haul in his debut match against Bangladesh in 2009. Ojha registered a spell of 4/21 in four overs. Ojha won the player of the match award for his display as he dismissed Junaid Siddique, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, and Mashrafe Murtaza. Courtesy of Ojha, India won the match comfortably by 25 runs. From then, Ojha just featured in six T20Is for India and has taken ten wickets.

1. Barinder Sran

The best figure on a T20I debut by an Indian is Barinder Sran. The 30-year-old made his debut against Zimbabwe on June 20, 2016, where he picked up a four-wicket haul by giving away just ten runs. Sran was the player of the match as he set the platform for India to win the game comfortably by ten wickets. He took the wickets of Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, and Tinotenda Mutombodzi. Unfortunately, Brar played just two matches for India. He has six wickets to his name.

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