Spinners picking up a wicket off the first ball of an IPL match

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been going since 2008 and the fans from all around the world have seen some spectacular bowling spells over the years. Despite so many years passing by, there are very few instances when a bowler has managed to scalp a wicket at the very first ball of the match. Here are spinners who managed to achieve the feat.

4. Kevin Pietersen vs KKR in 2009

Veteran cricketer Kevin Pietersen became the first spinner to scalp a wicket off the first ball of an IPL match in 2009. Playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the off-spinner managed to send back the dangerous batter Brendon McCullum from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

3. Marlon Samuels vs Deccan Chargers in 2012

One of the most prominent players for the West Indies, Marlon Samuels became the second bowler to achieve the feat in the history of IPL. The off-spinner from Pune Warriors India managed to get the wicket of Indian wicket-keeper batter Parthiv Patel during a group stage encounter of IPL 2012.

2. Jagadeesha Suchith vs RCB in 2022

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) spinner Jagadeesha Suchith scalped the prized wicket of former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli in a group stage encounter of the IPL 2022. Suchith bowled a delivery aimed at the middle stump and Virat Kohli flicked the straight ball to SRH Kane Williamson at short mid-wicket.

1. Liam Livingstone vs DC in 2022

Australian and Delhi Capitals opener David Warner was sent back to the pavilion by English bowler Liam Livingstone during a match between DC and PBKS in IPL 2022. PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal handed the ball to Livingstone to bowl the first over and he did not disappoint his skipper as he took the huge wicket of Warner off the very first ball of the match. However, DC went on to win that contest.