Special Moment: When Franklyn Rose took six wickets on Test debut | Loop Jamaica

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Ever since sports were first played, there have been many special and iconic moments. Former Jamaica and West Indies controversial fast bowler Franklyn Rose had one of those special moments, which will be long remembered.

Rose’s special moment came on his Test debut on Thursday, March 6, 1997 in the first Test match against India – the opening match of India’s tour of West Indies.

In his very first attempt, Rose ran through the strong Indian batting line-up and took six for 100.

On a typical slow pitch of Sabina Park, Kingston, the fast bowler particularly troubled the batsman with his trademark full-length out swinging delivery. The match, however, ended in a draw.

Rose’s first victim was opener VVS Laxman, who he bowled for 64. He followed with the wickets of Rahul Dravid (43), captain Sachin Tendulkar (seven), Sourav Ganguly (42), Mohammad Azharuddin (five), and Abey Kuruvilla (zero).

In a somewhat short international career of three years, the Jamaican hugely disappointed with his bowling performances. He could only secur one more five-for after the heroics of debut Test and dropped for good in 2000.

The player represented West Indies in 19 Test matches and 27 One Day Internationals during 1997-2000 and moved to New Zealand in 2011 on a work visa to play and coach in Auckland.

He played his final Test in England in August 2000, ending with 53 wickets at an average of 31.