No it does not, but it could buy the batsman/bowler a run in the side.
You nick it, i'll catch it then i will send you the scorecard for the next year.
However, I guess it's far more likely that players with a poor or average debut, will turn out to become top class players, than a poor player playing his solitude great innings on debut.
Be VERY AFRIDI!!
Atapattu also had many such comparable spells within his career, mind. Almost certainly the most bafflingly inconsistent batsman you'll ever see. Sheer quality when he got in; unbelievably vulnerable early on. And also there were some days when he just looked right from the start; some days you just knew he was never going to make a run.
BTW just in case anyone was unaware Gooch's debut came when he got caught on a sticky and someone (might've been either Dennis Lillee or Jeff Thomson, though it could've been Max Walker) commented that they thought he was going to be quite some player after he nicked one of the balls he faced first-up, because most would've missed it by a mile.
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