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Ajinkya Rahane became only the second Indian player to score a century in his maiden Test innings at Lord’s, during the second Test between India and England. Bharath Seervi lists all batsmen from visiting countries to who scored a century in their maiden Test innings at the Lord’s.
Ajinkya Rahane scored a fine century to take India out of troubles in the first innings of the second Test of the series at Lord’s against England. He scored 103 batting at No 5 when at one point India was seven down for 145. This is Rahane’s first match at Lord’s and he got his century in his very first innings at this venue.
Rahane became only the second Indian batsman to score a century in his maiden Test innings at Lord’s. He emulated Sourav Ganguly, who had scored 131 runs in his debut Test innings at Lord’s. Overall, he is the 34th batsman from the visiting teams to achieve the feat. The first batsman to reach this feat was Henry Graham in 1893 when he scored 107 runs at no. 7. Angelo Mathews was the last one to have achieved this feat before Rahane.
Below is the table listing all the visiting batsmen who scored a century in their maiden Test innings at Lord’s:
|H Graham (Aus)||107||7||1893||Drawn|
|VT Trumper (Aus)||135*||6||1899||Won|
|VS Ransford (Aus)||143*||5||1909||Won|
|C Kelleway (Aus)||102||2||1912||Won|
|RH Cotterall (SA)||120||5||1924||Lost|
|DG Bradman (Aus)||254||3||1930||Won|
|WA Brown (Aus)||105||2||1934||Lost|
|A Melville (SA)||117||2||1947||Lost|
|AR Morris (Aus)||105||2||1948||Won|
|AF Rae (WI)||106||1||1950||Won|
|RA McLean (SA)||142||5||1955||Lost|
|WM Lawry (Aus)||130||1||1961||Won|
|CA Davis (WI)||103||3||1969||Drawn|
|GS Chappell (Aus)||131||4||1972||Won|
|BD Julien (WI)||121||8||1973||Won|
|GP Howarth (NZ)||123||3||1978||Lost|
|KJ Hughes (Aus)||117||4||1980||Drawn|
|GM Wood (Aus)||112||1||1980||Drawn|
|DL Haynes (WI)||184||2||1980||Drawn|
|IVA Richards (WI)||145||3||1980||Drawn|
|S Wettimuny (SL)||190||1||1984||Drawn|
|LRD Mendis (SL)||111||6||1984||Drawn|
|SR Waugh (Aus)||152*||6||1989||Won|
|TJ Franklin (NZ)||101||1||1990||Drawn|
|MJ Slater (Aus)||152||2||1993||Won|
|SC Ganguly (Ind)||131||3||1996||Drawn|
|MTG Elliott (Aus)||112||2||1997||Drawn|
|MJ Horne (NZ)||100||1||1999||Won|
|MS Atapattu (SL)||185||1||2002||Drawn|
|DPMD Jayawardene (SL)||107||4||2002||Drawn|
|GC Smith (SA)||259||1||2003||Won|
|AG Prince (SA)||101||5||2008||Drawn|
|AD Mathews (SL)||102||6||2014||Drawn|
|AM Rahane (Ind)||103||5||2014||-|
- Among the 34 players above, 14 are from Australia, five each from Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies, three from New Zealand and two from India.
- Graham (1893) and Ganguly (1996) were making their Test debut.
- Don Bradman (254 in 1930) and Graeme Smith (259 in 2003) are the only players to score double centuries in their maiden Test innings at Lord’s. Incidentally, these are the top two individual scores by visiting batsmen at Lord’s.
- The pairs of Kim Hughes and Graeme Wood (1980), Desmond Haynes and Viv Richards (1980), Sidath Wettimuny and Duleep Mendis (1984), and Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardene (2002) achieved the feat in the same innings.
Indians scoring 50+ in their maiden Test innings at Lord’s: Nine batsmen from India before Rahane scored 50 runs or more in their maiden Test innings at Lord’s. The first to achieve this was Rusi Modi in 1946 tour when he scored 57 not out batting at no. 5 in the first inning.
Below is the table listing the Indian batsmen who scored 50+ in their maiden Test innings at Lord’s:
- If Rahane can manage a half century in the second innings of this Test he would become only the second Indian player after VinooMankad (72 & 184 in 1952) to score a century and a half century in same Test at Lord’s.
- If Rahane can manage another century in the second innings of this Test he would become only the fourth player in the history to score centuries in both innings of a Test at Lord’s emulating George Headley ( 106 and 107 in 1939), Gooch (333 and 123 in 1990) and Michael Vaughan (103 and 101 not out in 2004).
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs atwww.cricketseervistats.
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