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Shaminda Eranga’s unique feat


Eranga has taken a wicket in the first over of his debut match in all three formats
By Ryan Francis | August 9, 2012

The young fast bowler has shown that he is a wicket-taker. © AFP
The young fast bowler has shown that he is a wicket-taker. © AFP

Shaminda Eranga is only the second Sri Lankan bowler to have taken a wicket off his first ball in Test cricket. He accomplished the rare feat after dismissing Australia’s Shane Watson at the SSC in Colombo last year.

After recovering from a back injury, Eranga returned to the Sri Lankan side for the sole T20 played against India on Tuesday, where he added another unique feat to his budding career.

In the fourth ball of his first over in T20 Internationals, Eranga pegged back Indian opener Gautam Gambhir’s middle stump, which meant that he had dismissed a batsman in his very first over in Tests, ODIs and T20s.

"I am very happy and can’t express my feelings," Eranga said, speaking to freelance journalist Bipin Dani.

"It is not [like] everyone can achieve this feat and I feel proud about it."

Eranga dedicated his achievements to his mother who has been the driving force behind his career as a professional cricketer.

"She has taken interest in my cricket and I am brought up by her in the absence of my father who passed away some 13 years ago," he said.

"Yes, she was present when I took the wicket of Ricky Ponting in the very first over [in] my debut ODI. She also witnessed my debut Test where, again in the first over, I took the wicket of Shane Watson.

"She could not resist the temptation to be at the Pallakale Stadium [for] my first ever Twenty20; I grabbed the wicket of Gautam Gambhir, again in the very first over."

The 26-year-old has been plagued with a recurring nerve-related back injury of late, which has sidelined him from recent games.

© Island Cricket

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