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Akash Deep’s Debut Drama: Denied Maiden Wicket by No-Ball, Gets Three Later On
By CricShots - Feb 23, 2024 11:29 am
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Akash Deep’s long-awaited debut for the Indian cricket team was marked by a bittersweet moment as a front-foot no-ball denied him his maiden international wicket. The Bengal pacer entered the fray during the ongoing fourth Test against England in Ranchi, eager to make an impact on the grand stage.

Akash Deep
Akash Deep has done well so far

While Mukesh Kumar was initially anticipated to replace the rested Jasprit Bumrah, the team management opted to grant Akash Deep his debut opportunity. The 27-year-old earned his call-up following impressive performances for India A, where he showcased his bowling prowess against England Lions, clinching 11 wickets in two unofficial Tests.

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In his first-class career, Akash has proven his mettle with 104 wickets in 30 matches, boasting an impressive average of under 24. Taking the new ball alongside Mohammed Siraj, he began his international journey with promise, conceding just two runs in his opening over before delivering a sublime delivery to dismantle Zak Crawley’s stumps in his second over.

The ecstatic debutant was jubilant at claiming his first scalp, only to have his joy curtailed by the umpire’s call for a front-foot no-ball. Despite the setback, Akash’s early breakthrough underscored his potential to trouble the English batting lineup.

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In the 10th over, Akash Deep showcased his prowess with a legal delivery, clinching his maiden wicket as Ben Duckett succumbed to a straightforward catch by Dhruv Jurel. Celebrations ensued as Duckett left the crease with 11 runs off 21 balls. The momentum continued for Akash, securing another breakthrough by dismissing Ollie Pope.

  

With a delivery that nipped back in, Pope fell for a two-ball duck after an unsuccessful review confirmed the ball hitting the top of the middle stump. The debutant’s magic persisted in the 12th over, as Crawley felt the impact of a nip-backer, leading to the dislodgement of his off stump. Akash’s joy knew no bounds as Crawley departed for 42 off 42 balls..