Birthday special: Indian cricketers who scored century on Test debut

19-Mar-2017
  • Abbas Ali Baig became the first cricketer to hit a century on debut while playing away from home. He made 112 against England at Manchester in 1959 before being run out. Baig's knock came when India were chasing 548 to win the Test. They went on to lose by 171 runs
    Abbas Ali Baig became the first cricketer to hit a century on debut while playing away from home. He made 112 against England at Manchester in 1959 before being run out. Baig's knock came when India were chasing 548 to win the Test. They went on to lose by 171 runs
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  • Sourav Ganguly scored 131 against England at Lord'™s in 1996. The southpaw, who made his ODI debut in 1992 before being dropped, got another chance to display his skill at the international level when Navjot Sidhu returned from the tour of England citing issues with skipper Mohd. Azharuddin. The rest is history. Ganguly's 131 remains the highest score by any batsman on debut at Lord's
    Sourav Ganguly scored 131 against England at Lord'™s in 1996. The southpaw, who made his ODI debut in 1992 before being dropped, got another chance to display his skill at the international level when Navjot Sidhu returned from the tour of England citing issues with skipper Mohd. Azharuddin. The rest is history. Ganguly's 131 remains the highest score by any batsman on debut at Lord's
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  • Shikhar Dhawan smashed 187 off 174 balls against Australia at Mohali earlier this year. The left-hander broke a few records during the course of the innings. He registered the fastest century by any batsman on Test debut (off 85 balls). Dhawan also surpassed the record for the highest score by an Indian on debut - 137 by Gundappa Vishwanath
    Shikhar Dhawan smashed 187 off 174 balls against Australia at Mohali earlier this year. The left-hander broke a few records during the course of the innings. He registered the fastest century by any batsman on Test debut (off 85 balls). Dhawan also surpassed the record for the highest score by an Indian on debut - 137 by Gundappa Vishwanath
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  • Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on 127 at stumps on Day two of the Kolkata Test against West Indies. Sharma made his ODI debut back in 2007, but had to wait for over six years before he eventually made his Test debut. He had played 108 ODIs before featuring in his first Test
    Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on 127 at stumps on Day two of the Kolkata Test against West Indies. Sharma made his ODI debut back in 2007, but had to wait for over six years before he eventually made his Test debut. He had played 108 ODIs before featuring in his first Test
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  • Suresh Raina's Test career may be at the crossroads presently, but it didn't seem so when he made his debut three seasons ago. At Colombo in 2010, Raina, batting at number six, scored 120 against Sri Lanka to kick-start his Test career on a high
    Suresh Raina's Test career may be at the crossroads presently, but it didn't seem so when he made his debut three seasons ago. At Colombo in 2010, Raina, batting at number six, scored 120 against Sri Lanka to kick-start his Test career on a high
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  • Mohd. Azharuddin made his debut at what was to become his favourite ground, Eden Gardens. In his very first Test against England in 1984, he scored 110. Azhar went on to score centuries in his next two Tests as well, and remains the only player to have notched up tons in his first three Tests
    Mohd. Azharuddin made his debut at what was to become his favourite ground, Eden Gardens. In his very first Test against England in 1984, he scored 110. Azhar went on to score centuries in his next two Tests as well, and remains the only player to have notched up tons in his first three Tests
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  • Virender Sehwag blazed on to the Test scene smashing 105 against South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2001. During the innings, he featured in a massive partnership with the man he idolised, Sachin Tendulkar. The latter himself made 155. Unfortunately, India went on to lose the Test
    Virender Sehwag blazed on to the Test scene smashing 105 against South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2001. During the innings, he featured in a massive partnership with the man he idolised, Sachin Tendulkar. The latter himself made 155. Unfortunately, India went on to lose the Test
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  • Deepak Shodhan batted at No. 8 and scored 110 against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1952. The feat made him the first player to score a hundred in the first innings of his first Test for India
    Deepak Shodhan batted at No. 8 and scored 110 against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1952. The feat made him the first player to score a hundred in the first innings of his first Test for India
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  • Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to score a century on debut, way back in 1933. Playing against England at Bombay Gymkhana Grounds, he came up with a masterful 118. The innings also made him the first Indian cricketer to score a Test ton
    Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to score a century on debut, way back in 1933. Playing against England at Bombay Gymkhana Grounds, he came up with a masterful 118. The innings also made him the first Indian cricketer to score a Test ton
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  • Pravin Amre stroked a wonderful 103 against South Africa at Durban in 1992. The innings came against a Proteas attack comprising Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Brian McMillan. Till date this innings is considered among the best by an Indian on debut
    Pravin Amre stroked a wonderful 103 against South Africa at Durban in 1992. The innings came against a Proteas attack comprising Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Brian McMillan. Till date this innings is considered among the best by an Indian on debut
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  • Gundappa Vishwanath scored a duck in his first Test innings, against Australia at Kanpur in 1969. However, the wristy batsman made amends in the second innings of the very Test, scoring 137. This was a record for the highest score by an Indian on debut, until it was recently surpassed by Shikhar Dhawan
    Gundappa Vishwanath scored a duck in his first Test innings, against Australia at Kanpur in 1969. However, the wristy batsman made amends in the second innings of the very Test, scoring 137. This was a record for the highest score by an Indian on debut, until it was recently surpassed by Shikhar Dhawan
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  • Lala's son Surinder Amarnath wasn't as successful as his father or brother Mohinder, but he did emulate his dad by scoring 124 on debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1976. The game was memorable since India won the Test by eight wickets. This particular match also marked the Test debuts of Syed Kirmani and Dilip Vengsarkar
    Lala's son Surinder Amarnath wasn't as successful as his father or brother Mohinder, but he did emulate his dad by scoring 124 on debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1976. The game was memorable since India won the Test by eight wickets. This particular match also marked the Test debuts of Syed Kirmani and Dilip Vengsarkar
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  • The grandnephew of the legendary Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Hanumant Singh scored 105 against England at Delhi in 1964. This was Singh's only hundred in his 14-Test career
    The grandnephew of the legendary Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Hanumant Singh scored 105 against England at Delhi in 1964. This was Singh's only hundred in his 14-Test career
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  • AG Kripal Singh made exactly 100 not out on debut against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1955. Like Hanumant Singh, he also played 14 Tests, and in another co-incidence, Kripal Singh also ended his career with only one Test ton
    AG Kripal Singh made exactly 100 not out on debut against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1955. Like Hanumant Singh, he also played 14 Tests, and in another co-incidence, Kripal Singh also ended his career with only one Test ton
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