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Does Mark Wood hold the record for the best figures on IPL debut?

And who has the highest individual score on IPL debut?

Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
04-Apr-2023
Alzarri Joseph wheels away in celebration after completing a five-for, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, Hyderabad, April 6, 2019

Alzarri Joseph's 6 for 12 on IPL debut in 2019 are also the best figures in the tournament's history  •  BCCI

Mark Wood took five wickets in his first IPL match the other day. Was this a record? asked Brian McMaster from England
The England fast bowler Mark Wood took 5 for 14 - his best figures in all T20 cricket - for Lucknow Super Giants against Delhi Capitals in Lucknow last weekend. However, it wasn't Wood's IPL debut - he played one match for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in 2018 (he failed to take a wicket, and his four overs cost 49).
In any case, the best figures on debut in the IPL are 6 for 12, by the West Indian Alzarri Joseph for Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad in 2019. Those are actually the best figures overall in IPL history: Wood currently sits joint eighth on that list.
There was one notable record though: Wood's figures were the best by an English bowler in the IPL, beating 5 for 25 by Dimitri Mascarenhas for Kings XI Punjab against Pune Warriors in Mohali in 2012.
Has anyone made a higher score in the IPL season curtain-raiser than Ruturaj Gaikwad's 92? asked Nilu Banerjee from India
That six-packed 92 from Ruturaj Gaikwad for Chennai Super Kings against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad the other day was actually the third-highest individual score in the opening match of an IPL season. Back in April 2008, in the very first IPL game of all, Brendon McCullum lit up the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru with an undefeated 158 (still the second-highest in IPL history) for Kolkata Knight Riders against RCB. And in 2015, Rohit Sharma made 98 not out in the opening match for Mumbai Indians against KKR in Kolkata.
Kyle Mayers hit 73 in his first IPL match the other day. What's the highest score on IPL debut? asked Joseph Findlay from Barbados
Kyle Mayers hit 73 in his first match for Super Giants against Delhi Capitals in Lucknow at the weekend. That's the highest score on IPL debut by anyone since the Brendon McCullum innings mentioned above - 158 not out for KKR against RCB in Bangalore in 2008, in the very first IPL match of all.
Two others have made higher scores on IPL debut than Mayers' 73 - both Australians, and both also in that inaugural season of 2008. The day after McCullum's blitz, Michael Hussey hit 116 not out for CSK against Kings XI in Mohali, and a few days later Shaun Marsh made 84 not out for Kings XI vs Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad. So Mayers' 73 was the fourth-highest individual score on IPL debut, and the highest since the first season.
I noticed that Mayank Agarwal has scored four Test centuries, all of them in India. What's the most that one batter has made without any away from home? asked Devang Patel from India
At the moment there are three men who have scored five Test centuries, all of them on home soil: the old England captain Stanley Jackson, whose five hundreds all came against Australia, India's Chandu Borde, and the current Australian batter Travis Head, who will no doubt be hoping to escape this particular list during the Ashes series in England later this year.
Mayank Agarwal is one of five batters whose four Test centuries all came at home, along with Joe Hardstaff junior of England, Zimbabwe's Guy Whittall, and the Sri Lankan pair of Roshan Mahanamaand Arjuna Ranatunga.
The only other completed Test innings to include 11 single-figure scores was India's 36 against Australia in Adelaide in 2020-21, when the biggest contribution was Mayank Agarwal's 9.
There have been several instances of ten batters failing to reach double figures in a Test innings. It includes Australia's 35 for 8 at Old Trafford during the 1953 Ashes series.
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