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List Of Youngest Players To Debut In Test Cricket (With Stats)

There have been so many players who have debuted at a very young age for their national team at the international level in Test cricket. Due to their talent, some of these cricketers got the chance to represent their country in the toughest form of cricket.

Here, we are presenting you the top 5 youngest players to debut in Test cricket for their country including their stats. There’s also the list of 30+ players who debuted in Test cricket before turning 18, which is given down below.

5. Sachin Tendulkar – 16 years, 205 days

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Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar is one of the youngest players to debut in Test cricket. He is arguably the greatest batsman in the history of cricket in the world. Sachin made his Test debut when he was just 16 years and 205 days old. He was born on April 24, 1973, in Mumbai. According to the reports, he took cricket seriously when he was just 11 years old. His Test debut was against Pakistan in Karachi on 15th November 1989. However, before being dismissed by Waqar Younis, he scored just 15 runs off 24 deliveries in the first innings. Meanwhile, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat in the second innings and the match resulted in a draw.

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After a successful 24 years old career, Sachin Tendulkar played the highest 200 Test matches in which he smashed 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78 with 51 centuries and a high score of 248 not out. Sachin shattered and made a lot of records in his career and is considered to be the God of Cricket in India.

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Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Credit: BCCI)
BATTING & FIELDING
FormatMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6sCt
Test20015921248*53.7854.085168205869115
First Class31025396248*57.8466.03811162607123186
via ESPNcricinfo
BOWLING
FormatMatWktBBMAvgEco4w5w
Test200463/1454.173.5200
First Class310714/11761.743.4510
via ESPNcricinfo

4. Aaqib Javed – 16 years, 189 days

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Aaqib Javed. (Photo Credit: Stuart Franklin)

Cricket coach and the former Pakistani cricketer Aaqib Javed is one of the youngest players to debut in Test cricket. He was born on the 5th of August 1972. He made his debut at the age of just 16 years and 189 days against New Zealand on February 10 at Wellington.

This right-arm medium-fast bowled a total of 34 overs for Pakistan in the first innings and spent 103 runs including 5 maiden overs but was unable to pick his maiden wicket throughout the match as he even bowled 13 overs in the second innings too where he spent 39 runs for 0 wickets and bowled 3 maiden overs. The wicket was not good for bowlers as the match resulted in a draw.

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Aaqib Javed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After playing for almost 10 years, Aaqib took retirement after his last Test match for Pakistan at Peshawar against Zimbabwe on November 27-30 in 1998. After bowling 14 overs in the first and 13.2 overs in the second innings, Aaqib failed to grab even one wicket in his last match too. Meanwhile, Pakistan lost the match by 7 wickets.

BATTING & FIELDING
FormatMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6sCt
Test2210128*5.0531.17001102
First Class121819659.4143.670133219
via ESPNcricinfo
BOWLING
FormatMatWktBBMAvgEco4w5w10w
Test22548/11834.702.86210
First Class12135812/13426.662.9712195
via ESPNcricinfo

3. Mohammad Sharif – 15 Years, 128 days

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Mohammad Sharif. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Born on 12 December 1985 in Dhaka, Mohammad Sharif became the first youngest player to debut for Bangladesh in Test cricket on 19 April 2001 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. He was just 15 Years and 128 days old when he made his Test debut.

Sharif was a right-arm pace bowler and in his debut match, Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 32 runs while he picked one wicket in the first innings for 112 runs in his 29 overs. He took the wicket of Alistair Campbell as his maiden Test wicket. Sharif also contributed 0(3) and 8(12) with the bat.

After 6 years of his Test career, he played his last Test match against Sri Lanka on July 03 – 05 in Colombo. In a losing cause, he bowled 24 overs, failed to get any wicket & spent 86 runs, and also scored 4(17) & 2(10). Sri Lanka won the match by an innings and 90 runs.

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BATTING & FIELDING
FormatMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6sCt
Test1012224*7.1743.26001045
First Class1323222147*19.06N/A110N/AN/A73
via ESPNcricinfo
BOWLING
FormatMatWktBBMAvgEcon4w5w10w
Test10144/9879.004.01100
First Class13239328.033.40153
via ESPNcricinfo

2. Mushtaq Mohammad – 15 years, 124 days

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Mushtaq Mohammad. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Mushtaq Mohammad is one of the most successful Pakistani cricketers who nowadays works as a coach. He is one of the youngest players to debut in Test cricket. Mushtaq made his test debut for Pakistan when he was just 15 years and 124 days old. He was born on 22 November 1943 and debuted against West Indies on 26 March 1956 at Lahore in Bagh-e-Jinnah stadium. West Indies defeated Pakistan in the match by an innings and 156 runs while Mushtaq scored 14 and 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings respectively. He even bowled 6 over and was unable to pick any wicket after spending 34 runs.

Mushtaq Mohammad was the youngest cricketer to score a century in Test cricket and held the record for almost 40 years. He was just 17 years and 78 days old when he smashed 101 against India in 1961, Delhi.

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Mushtaq Mohammad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He played his last Test match against Australia on 24 March 1979 in Perth where he was leading the Pakistan side and scored 23(109) & 1(7) in the match and Pakistan lost it by 7 wickets.

BATTING & FIELDING
FormatMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6sCt
Test57364320139.17130.011019316442
First Class50231091303*42.07N/A72159N/AN/A349
via ESPNcricinfo
BOWLING
FormatMatWktBBMAvgEco4w5w10w
Test57799/11929.222.63630
First Class502936N/A24.342.89N/A392
via ESPNcricinfo

1. Hasan Raza – 14 years, 237 days

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Hasan Raza. (Photo Credit: Pakistan Cricket Board)

Hasan Raza is the youngest player ever to debut in Test cricket. He is a former Pakistani cricketer who made his test debut on 24 October 1996 against Zimbabwe at Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was a right-handed batter and a part-time right-arm off-break bowler. Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets and Hasan scored 27 runs in the first innings off 48 deliveries with the help of 5 fours.

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He was born on 11 March 1982 and was just 14 years and 237 days old when he made his Test debut. However, he just played a total of 7 Test matches in his career and played his last Test match on November 29 – December 3, 2005, against England at Lahore. Interestingly, Pakistan won the match by an innings and 100 runs where Hasan Raza scored 21 runs on 32 balls.

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Hasan Raza. (Photo Source: Twitter)
BATTING & FIELDING
FormatMatRunsHSAvgSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test72356826.1138.650239050
First Class2321394925644.70N/A3663N/AN/A2210
via ESPNcricinfo
BOWLING
FormatMatWktBBMAvgEco4w5w
Test700/10.001.0000
First Class23218N/A59.113.84N/A0
via ESPNcricinfo

List of 39 Players to debut in Test cricket before turning 18

PlayerDebutAgeVSGround
Hasan Raza (PAK)24/10/199614y 237dZIMIqbal Stadium
Mushtaq Mohammad (PAK)26/03/195915y 124dWIBagh-e-Jinnah
Mohammad Sharif (BAN)19/04/200115y 128dZIMQueens Sports Club
Aaqib Javed (PAK)10/02/198916y 189dNZBasin Reserve
Sachin Tendulkar (IND)15/11/198916y 205dPAKNational Stadium
Aftab Baloch (PAK)08/11/196916y 221dNZBangabandhu
Talha Jubair (BAN)21/07/200216y 223dSLP Sara Oval
Nasim-Ul-Ghani (PAK)17/01/195816y 248dWIKensington Oval
Naseem Shah* (PAK)21/11/201916y 279dAUSBrisbane
Shahadat Hossain (BAN)26/05/200516y 292dENGLord’s
Enamul Haque (BAN)21/10/200316y 320dENGBangabandhu
Khalid Hasan (PAK)01/07/195416y 352dENGTrent Bridge
Zahid Fazal (PAK)15/11/199017y 5dWINational Stadium
Mohammed Ashraful (BAN)06/09/200117y 61dSLSS Club Ground
Ata-Ur-Rehman(PAK)04/06/199217y 68dENGEdgbaston
Nazmul Hossain (BAN)16/12/200417y 72dINDMA Aziz Stadium
P P Chawla (IND)09/03/200617y 75dENGPCA IS Bindra
Imran Nazir (PAK)04/03/199917y 78dSLGaddafi Stadium
Mujeeb Ur Rahman* (AFG)14/06/201817y 78dINDChinnaswamy
Mohammed Amir (PAK)04/07/200917y 82dSLGalle
L Sivaramakrishnan (IND)28/04/198317y 118dWIA Recreation
J E D Sealy (WI)11/01/193017y 122dENGKensington Oval
Fazl-E-Akbar (PAK)26/02/199817y 129dSAKingsmead
P A Patel (IND)08/08/200217y 152dENGTrent Bridge
Waqar Salamkheil (AFG)15/03/201917y 164dIRERGI Cricket
C D U Weerasinghe (SL)06/09/198517y 189dINDP Sara Oval
Maninder Singh (IND)23/12/198217y 193dPAKNational Stadium
Alok Kapali (BAN)28/07/200217y 239dSLS Sports Club
I D Craig (AUS)06/02/195317y 239dSAMelbourne Cricket
G S A Sobers (WI)30/03/195417y 245dENGSabina Park
Harbhajan Singh (IND)25/03/199817y 265dAUSChinnaswamy
V L Mehra (IND)02/12/195517y 265dNZBrabourne
Ibrahim Zadran* (AFG)05/09/201917y 267dBANZ A Chowdhury
Hanif Mohammad (PAK)16/10/195217y 300dINDArun Jaitley
Yasir Ali (PAK)03/09/200317y 323dBANMultan Cricket
Intikhab Alam (PAK)04/12/195917y 341dAUSNational Stadium
H Masakadza (ZIM)27/07/200117y 352dWIH S Club
Nayeem Hasan* (BAN)22/11/201817y 355dWIZ A Chowdhury
Waqar Younis (PAK)15/11/198917y 364dINDNational Stadium
via HowSTAT

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