The 34-year-old left-arm spinner, Nauman Ali, has achieved a milestone in his career as he stunned South African batting lineup by his spell (5-35) in the second innings of the first Test, becoming the oldest Pakistani to take a five-wicket haul on debut.
Previously, the record was held by 33-year-old Bilal Asif (now turned 35) who took a five-wicket haul in his debut Test against Australia in 2018.
Hailing from Khipro (Sanghar), Nauman Ali is also the world’s second player to have this achievement after turning 34. The first one was New Zealand’s Fen Cresswell who, at the age of 34, got 6-168 against England in 1949.
From the perspective of bowling approach, Nauman is the first left-arm spinner from Pakistan to take 5-wickets in an inning on his career debut.
Overall, Nauman is the 12th Pakistani to have this achievement.
Nauman took seven wickets ( two in the first innings while five in the second innings) in the first Test against South Africa. The hosting team won the match by seven wickets.