In August 1997, previous India left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni affected the world forever when he turned into the primary Indian to get a wicket off his first ball in Test cricket. Kulkarni made his Test debut in the primary match of the arrangement at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and got the wicket of Marvan Atapattu first ball. It was a similar match that got renowned for the most elevated Test innings score of 952/6 proclaimed, which Sri Lanka heaped batting second. Yet, outside of Sanath Jayasuriya (340) and Roshan Mahanama indenting up their profession for best Test scores, Kulkarni tasted a cut of history. Glancing back, Kulkarni reviewed the wicket, saying everything occurred in a flicker of an eye and how it was after the day’s end play that they made him mindful of his record. After Sachin (Tendulkar) proclaimed in the last meeting of Day Two, the Sri Lankan started well. Truth be told, I shouldn’t bowl on that day. Mostly, the skipper tells you ahead of time with the goal that you fire heating and I had got no sign. Thus, I was coolly moving from my handling position. As it would turn out, out of nowhere Sachin came and told, ‘Nilesh come and bowl.’ This was likely because Marvan (a right-hander) was protesting. As I was getting to the umpire, he instructed me to begin the once again inside a moment else it will be the day’s end,” Kulkarni told cricket.com.

Truth be told, I shouldn’t bowl on that day. Mostly, the skipper tells you ahead of time with the goal that you fire heating and I had got no sign. Thus, I was coolly moving from my handling position. As it would turn out, out of nowhere Sachin came and told, ‘Nilesh come and bowl.’ This was likely because Marvan (a right-hander) was protesting. As I was getting to the umpire, he instructed me to begin the once again inside a moment else it will be the day’s end,” Kulkarni told cricket.com. “In this way, at that point, I experienced every one of my movements rapidly without planning. My lone center was to land the ball in the correct spot with the goal that I ought not to appear as though a simpleton in my introduction ball. Fortunately, it did, Marvan scratched it and Nayan Mongia took a splendid catch. It turned into an extraordinary story for me. Frankly, I didn’t think about the record and was just cheerful that I got a wicket. After the day’s play, I was in the nets planning for the following day. At that point, all the Indian writers began complimenting me and said that it is essential for a record. That is the point at which it hit me. It was a wonderful second.”

Kulkarni played two additional Tests for India, one soon thereafter at Nagpur, and his last game four years after the fact, which was the third and last Test of the acclaimed 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He got the wicket of opener Matthew Hayden in the second innings of the Test, however; it was his batting that Kulkarni was more stressed over. With the Test coordinate going last minute and India eight wickets down, Kulkarni was the last batsman cushioned up. Fortunately for Kulkarni, his turn never came however till, by the time the triumphant runs weren’t scored, the previous spinner was an anxious wreck.

“All things considered, it perched me on a weight cooker. Each senior part would come and state that I needed to stick around as I had done in the main innings. By then of time, my weight was around 80 Kgs, however with the weight, I felt like it was 240 Kgs (giggles). Back then, the changing area in Chennai had an open blockading between the group and the structure,” Kulkarni said. “Several folks just began yelling to not rehash the 1986 tied Test (when the last man excused was additionally a left-arm spinner, Maninder Singh) and said ‘Nilesh you need to do it.’ All those considerations began hitting me. Yet, the splendid exertion of Sameer Dighe and Harbhajan Singh guaranteed that I didn’t need to go out to bat.”


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