Test cricket is considered the most challenging format of the game. In test cricket, the ball swings and turns more than white-ball cricket. You have to be very patient, disciplined, and technically sound in order to score in the longest format of the game. No matter how much you have played first-class cricket, batsmen tend to struggle a bit when it comes to facing international bowlers. They bowl on the good length only and test you in different ways. Getting a hundred on the test debut is a dream come true moment for everyone. So far, only 16 Indian players have done this. Let’s have a look at the Indian batsmen with a hundred on test debut.
Former Indian captain Lala Amarnath is the first Indian to score a hundred on the test debut. He scored 118 runs against the strong Indian side in 1933 in Mumbai. Batting for more than 2 hours, Amarnath smacked 21 fours in the innings. This century was also the first by an Indian in the test.
Known as ‘The God of Offside”, Sourav Ganguly has made it to this list. Ganguly made his test debut against England at Lord’s in 1996, amassing 131 runs off 301 balls. He announced his arrival in style, slamming 20 boundaries in the innings. Ganguly bagged three wickets with the ball in that match.
Swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag came in the international cricket as an off-spinner and was later promoted as a batsman. Skipper Sourav Ganguly backed him and he went at no 5 on his debut test against South Africa in 2001 in Bloemfontein. The fearless right-hander hits 105 off 173 balls with the help of 19 fours. The century came against a bowling lineup consisting of Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, and Lance Klausner.
Delhi-born southpaw, Shikhar Dhawan became the 13th Indian batsman to make a hundred in 2013 against Australia. Dhawan was on fire and scored 187 runs from 174 balls with a staggering strike rate of 107.47. Dhawan’s 187 runs is the highest by any Indian on debut. Dhawan bagged the Man of the Match award for his fine innings.
Young Indian middle-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer recently made a hundred on his test debut in the 1st test match against New Zealand in Kanpur. His innings came in a crucial moment, India was 106 for 3. Iyer toiled hard and notched up 105 off 171 balls. In the 2nd innings too, he scored a fighting 65 off 125 balls. Although the match ended as a draw, Shreyas got the Man of the Match for his sensational innings.
Indian Batsmen With A Hundred On Debut
|Kripal Singh||100*||New Zealand||1955|
|Abbas Ali Baig||112||England||1959|
|Surinender Amarnath||124||New Zealand||1976|
|Pravin Amre||103||South Africa||1992|
|Virender Sehwag||105||South Africa||2001|
|Suresh Raina||120||Sri Lanka||2010|
|Rohit Sharma||177||West Indies||2013|
|Prithvi Shaw||134||West Indies||2018|
|Shreyas Iyer||105||New Zealand||2021|