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Youngest Players to Take a Five-Wicket Haul in Test Cricket: Exploring the Phenomenal Feat

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Playing Test cricket is the toughest level of cricket. Doing well in test cricket when you’re young is quite challenging. Bowling in Test cricket needs skill, accuracy, and being very fit. In test cricket, where some players took a long time to claim the first five wickets haul, on the other hand, there are some players who achieved the feat at very early stages of their career at a very young age. In this article, we’ll talk about the youngest players who did this amazing thing.

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Youngest Players to Take Five-Wicket Haul in Test

PlayerAge Bowling Figures TeamAgainstVenue Date
Nasim-ul-Ghani16y 303d5/116Pakistanv West IndiesGeorgetown13 Mar 1958
Naseem Shah16y 307d5/31Pakistanv Sri LankaKarachi19 Dec 2019
Mohammad Amir17y 257d5/79Pakistanv AustraliaMelbourne26 Dec 2009
Enamul Haque jnr18y 32d6/45Bangladeshv ZimbabweChattogram6 Jan 2005
Daniel Vettori18y 46d5/84New Zealandv Sri LankaHamilton14 Mar 1997
Rehan Ahmed18y 126d5/48Englandv PakistanKarachi17 Dec 2022
Pat Cummins18y 193d6/79Australiav South AfricaJohannesburg17 Nov 2011
Shahid Afridi18y 235d5/52Pakistanv AustraliaKarachi22 Oct 1998
Wasim Akram18y 251d5/56Pakistanv New ZealandDunedin9 Feb 1985
Nayeem Hasan18y 283d5/61Bangladeshv West IndiesChattogram22 Nov 2018

Nasim-ul-Ghani (16y 303d)

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The first player on our list is Nasim-ul-Ghani, a former Pakistani cricketer. He played his first Test match against the West Indies in 1958. At just 16 years and 303 days old, he became the youngest player ever to get five wickets in a Test cricket match. In that match, played at the Bourda Oval in Georgetown, he took five wickets for 116 runs in the second inning. Even though Pakistan lost the match, Nasim-ul-Ghani’s great performance was a highlight, as he became the youngest player to take five wickets in test cricket history.

Naseem Shah (16y 307d)

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The next player mentioned is Naseem Shah, who is also from Pakistan. He made his test debut in November 2019 against Australia. In December of the same year, he played against Sri Lanka and got five wickets. At only 16 years and 307 days old, he became the second-youngest player ever to achieve the feat in Test cricket. Since then, he has been a major part of the Pakistani fast bowling lineup in every form of the game and has performed really well at the international level.


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Mohammad Amir (17y 257d) 

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The third player on the list is Mohammad Amir, one of the greatest fast bowlers ever produced in cricket history. He played his first test match against Sri Lanka in July 2009. In December of that same year, he got his first fifer in a Test match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. When he achieved this at just 17 years and 257 days old, he became the third-youngest player ever to do so. He took five wickets for 79 runs in the first inning of the match. Even though Pakistan lost the game by 170 runs, people all around the world admired Amir’s great performance.

Enamul Haque Jnr (18y 32d)

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Although he only played 15 Tests during his career, Enamul Haque Jnr made a big impression. When he was just 18 years and 32 days old, he achieved a remarkable feat by taking six wickets for 45 runs against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in 2005. This performance was a crucial part of Bangladesh’s first-ever Test victory. Enamul was the standout player of that match and was awarded the Man-of-the-Match title for his outstanding performance on the final day, which secured the memorable win. At that time, he marked his name on the elite list of young bowlers to take five wickets in test cricket.

Daniel Vettori (18y 46d)

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At a young age, Daniel Vettori, a talented left-arm spinner, showed how good he was. When he was just 18 years and 46 days old, he took 5 wickets for 86 runs against Sri Lanka in 1997. The match was played in Hamilton, New Zealand. The pitch was tough, and Sri Lanka needed to score 326 runs to win. But Vettori’s amazing bowling helped New Zealand win by 120 runs. This made him famous instantly. Throughout his career, Vettori took a total of 362 wickets in Test matches.


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Rehan Ahmed (18y 126d)

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Rehan Ahmed, known for his impressive performance at the U-19 World Cup, made his Test cricket debut after just four first-class matches for Leicestershire. In a Test series against Pakistan, he showcased his potential by taking crucial wickets in both innings. Despite initial struggles with accuracy, he redeemed himself with a remarkable 5/48 in the second inning, contributing to Pakistan’s middle-order collapse.

Pat Cummins (18y 193d)

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Australian captain Pat Cummins has been seen as a remarkable player since his first Test match in 2011. He faced a strong South African team in their home country but proved himself in his debut match. In the first inning, he got the wicket of Hashim Amla and had good bowling figures. In the second inning, he bowled exceptionally well, taking key wickets from Jacques Rudolph, Jacques Kallis, and AB de Villiers. With his first five-wicket haul, he became the youngest Aussie player to take five wickets in test cricket.


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Shahid Afridi (18y 235d)

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Shahid Afridi, the renowned Pakistani all-rounder, made his Test cricket debut against Australia in Karachi in 1998. In that match, he showcased his talent by claiming five wickets in the first innings, but unfortunately remained wicketless in the second innings. Despite this, Afridi’s impactful bowling played a crucial role in securing a draw for Pakistan in the Test match; these amazing figures pushed his name into the record books.

Wasim Akram (18y 251d)

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The former Pakistani left-arm fast bowler and skipper is also on our list of the youngest players to take five wickets in test cricket. He took his first five-wicket haul when he was just 18 years and 251 days old. He claimed brilliant bowling figures of 5 for 56 against New Zealand on February 9, 1985, in Dunedin. With his amazing bowling displayed, he helped the Pakistani team secure a victory over the Blackcaps, and after that moment, he never looked back in his career and ended up as the best left-arm fast bowler ever produced in cricket. He ended his test career with 414 wickets in 104 test matches for Pakistan.

Nayeem Hasan (18y 283d)

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The first match of the West Indies tour of Bangladesh in Chittagong had many exciting moments. Despite some difficulties, the young Bangladeshi off-spinner, who was only 18 years and 283 days old, did exceptionally well. He took five wickets for 61 runs on a pitch that helps spin bowlers a lot. This was his first-ever match, and he became one of the youngest players ever to take five wickets in a test match.


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