Skip to main content

Cricketers Who Made Late Debut

Time flies like nothing else. Some cricketers feels it very much when they wait for the selectors call. At times cricketers may find it tough to break into the international arena despite continuous success in domestic level. Here Team Predictors discuss about some of such cricketers who arrived late in international cricket.

1. Dirk Nannes

Dirk Nannes is a rare species of cricketers who have played for two different countries in international level. He made a late entry into cricket. The Australian made his first class debut for Victoria in 2006 at the age of 29. He was past his age of 32 when he made International debut for Netherlands. Nannes represented Netherland in 2009 ICC World T20, and the very next year he played for Australia. Nannes was a very effective bowler in the  T20 format. Nannes played one ODI for Australia against Scotland. The pacer played for Australia in 2010 T20 World Cup and ended up as the highest wicket taker of the tournament.Overall he has taken 28 wickets from 17 T20I.

In addition he has played in T20 leagues across different nations including India, Australia, Bangladesh, England and South Africa. He is also a former skiing champion.

2. Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers was quite unlucky to have waited until age of 30, before making an international debut. It was quite difficult for any batsman of his time to get into a star studded Australian team. Chris Rogers averaged close to 50 in his domestic career. He was given a chance in 2008, when Mathew Hayden got himself injured. Later he was recalled it 2013 for Ashes series in England. 

Chris Rogers showed his mettle, when he played the swinging deliveries with great application. Chris Rogers played only 25 tests, before he retired in 2015. In 25 tests he scored 5 centuries and 14 half centuries and averaged 42.87. Chris Rogers has a record of most consecutive half centuries in tests.

3. Michael Hussey

Even an enviable average of 52 in first class cricket was not enough to grant Michael Hussey a timely entrance into International cricket. 'Mr. Cricket' made his ODI debut at age of 28 and test debut at an age of 30. Hussey played only in 79 tests, scoring 19 centuries and 29 half centuries at an average of 51.52.

 In ODI he made 5442 runs in 185 matches at an average of 48.15. In ODI he made 3 centuries and 39 half centuries. Hussey was also an exceptional fielder.

4 .Dilip Doshi

Dilip Doshi was well past the age of 31, when he made his debut for India in 1979. The presence of Bishan Singh Bedi in the team made it difficult for any spinner to getting into the Indian team. Dilip Doshi played in 33 tests, picking up 114 wickets.

 He picked up 8 wickets in his debut tests against Australia. He was a poor batsman and always batted at number 11.

5.Saeed Ajmal

The Pakistani off spinner made his ODI debut at the age of 30 in 2008. He was included in the test side a year later. Saeed Ajmal reached the 100 test wicket mark in just 20 matches. He has taken 178 wickets from 35 tests and 184 wickets in 113 ODIs. 

In 2009 he was reported for his action. But later his deliveries were found to be legal. Later again in 2014 he was reported for suspect action, and his bowling action was banned by ICC.

6.Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris got a chance to represent Australian ODI team in 2009, when he was almost 30 years of age. Harris could only pick a single wicket in his debut game and was not picked for one year. He made his comeback in 2010 and claimed 5 wickets in back to back matches. That opened his gates to the test team also later that year. Harris' cricket life was marred with injury woes.

 Knee and hip injuries kept him out of action many a times. Harris has picked 113 wickets from 27 tests. In ODIs he has picked 44 wickets from 21 matches at an average of 18.90.

7. Clarie Grimmet

Claire Grimmet was born in New Zealand, but played for Australia in test matches. He was one of the best leg spinners of his era and is often credited as the one who introduced the 'flipper'. He made his debut in 1925 . At that time he was past the age of 30. He played only in 37 tests, but took  216 wickets. In first class matches , he has taken a whooping 1,424 wickets from 248 matches. He was the first bowler to take 200 wickets in test matches. 

He took 200 wickets in 36th match. He held the record of fastest 200 wickets until 2018, when Yasir Shah of Pakistan broke the record after 82 long years. Clarrie Grimmet, Dilip Doshi, Ryan Harris and Saeed Ajmal are the only 4 bowlers who managed to take 100 or more wickets despite making a test debut after the age of 30.



  1. The complete Karachi Kings team squad 2023 has been finalized in a draft ceremony held in Karachi on 15th December 2022. The inclusion of Mathew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tabraiz Shamsi, and many others has strengthened the depth of KK squad 2023 for the upcoming season. Imad Wasim has been made Karachi Kings captain 2023 which is not surprising as he was the leader who made them Champions before. Visit the blog for more.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Bangladesh Wins Test Match Against Zimbabwe

Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe : Test Series 2021 Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 220 runs to win the one-off Test. Throughout the Test, the tourists displayed a lot of spirits, particularly with the bat, as their batsmen took advantage of the favourable batting environment. Liton, Mahmudullah, and Taskin's resilience enabled them to achieve a big first-innings tally in the opening innings. The scores by Shanto and Shadman in the second innings enabled them to set a massive target of 477 for the opponents. Bangladesh was 132/6 at one point in their first innings. You have to seize key moments in the game, and Zimbabwe was unable to do so. Bangladesh was successful in doing so, and Mominul and his team deserved that win. Brendon Taylor batted brilliantly for Zimbabwe but was caught out at the wrong time. Kaitano had a strong debut. His 311 ball 87 in Zimbabwe's first innings warrants a special note. In the first and second innings, Brendon Taylor hit 81 and 92 runs, respectively. Zimbabwe w

90s Great Bowlers

Best Bowlers in 90s 90s was a time when some of the best bowlers reigned in cricket. Many bowling records were made by the bowlers of that era. Team Predictors discuss about the two best bowlers from each team in 90s. 1. Australia: Glenn McGrath & Shane Warne   Glenn McGrath: Glenn McGrath was a disciplined bowler who was too precise with his line and length. Consistency was the term you could relate with the great bowler. McGrath was a part of 4 Australian World cup squads from 1996 to 2007. He has the most number of wickets in the world cup. The pacer has picked 71 wickets in world cup. He was the highest wicket taker in 2007 World cup with 26 scalps.  He is second in the list of fast bowlers behind James Anderson with the most number of wickets. McGrath has 563 test wickets from 124 matches at an average of 21.64. In ODI he has 381 wickets from 250 matches. McGrath was very economical in his outings and just hated to give away runs. The bowler has the rare d

Leslie Hylton Cricketer

Many of you might not be familiar with the name Lesley Hilton. He was a West Indies fast bowler who was unfortunately, the first cricketer to be hanged to death. Lesley Hilton's life was not a bed of roses. He had to overcome many difficulties in his life to achieve the status of a cricketer. He never saw his father and mother died at the age of three. He was brought up by his sister. But he lost her too, when he was young. He was deprived of education and good living conditions. Poverty was the  main issue. In addition, the  Jamaican had to face many apartheid issues also due to his colour. But he fought against all these odds and obstacles, and managed to reach the West Indies cricket team. In early days he tried his luck in a tailoring shop, but failed. He switched to cricket. He couldn't afford a coaching circle, so he sticked to the bowling department. He had good pace and it was recognised by the cricket team authorities. He was selected to the West Indies team, just d