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Indians in County Championship: Centuries by Indian Cricketers

Mohammad Azharuddin has scored the most centuries by an Indian in County cricket © Getty Images
Mohammad Azharuddin has scored most centuries by an Indian in County cricket © Getty Images

There have been 33 players who represented India in International Cricket have played in the County Championship in England. A total of 51 centuries have been scored by them. Bharath Seervi lists those centuries and some related stats.

Of the 33 Indian international players who played County cricket, 16 of them scored centuries in the County for various teams. The total number of centuries by them till the last season is 51.

Mohammad Azharuddin has scored eight centuries, which is the highest among Indian batsmen. Nawab of Pataudi Sr, Ravi Shastri, and VVS Laxman have scored six centuries each. The highest score is 231 by Nawab of Pataudi Sr for Worcestershire vs Essex at Worcester in 1933.

Double centuries:

Among the 51 centuries, six are double centuries — four by Nawab of Pataudi Sr and two by Azharuddin.

Runs Batsman Position Inn For Against Venue Match Date Result
231* Nawab of Pataudi Sr 3 3 Worcestershire Essex Worcester August 5, 1933 Drawn
224* Nawab of Pataudi Sr 3 1 Worcestershire Kent Worcester July 12, 1933 Drawn
222 Nawab of Pataudi Sr 3 1 Worcestershire Somerset Weston-super-Mare August 12, 1933 Drawn
214* Nawab of Pataudi Sr 3 2 Worcestershire Glamorgan Worcester May 23, 1934 Drawn
212 Mohammad Azharuddin 4 3 Derbyshire Leicestershire Leicester August 28, 1991 Won
205 Mohammad Azharuddin 5 3 Derbyshire Durham Chesterfield April 28, 1994 Won

All the four double centuries by Nawab of Pataudi Sr resulted in draw for his team, Worcestershire, while Azharuddin’s double hundreds for Derby were in wins.

Centuries:

The table below lists the remaining 45 centuries (excluding the double centuries above). It involves seven scores in excess of 150 — three by Dinesh Mongia, two by Azharuddin and one each by Sunil Gavaskar and Shastri.

Runs Balls Name Position Inn For Against Venue Date Result
165 - Dinesh Mongia 4 1 Leicestershire Essex Chelmsford May 3, 2006 Won
164 191 Dinesh Mongia 4 2 Leicestershire Durham Chester-le-Street August 12, 2005 Drawn
161 298 Dinesh Mongia 4 1 Leicestershire Glamorgan Leicester May 9, 2006 Drawn
160* - Mohammad Azharuddin 5 2 Derbyshire Lancashire Derby August 16, 1991 Won
157 - Ravi Shastri 5 1 Glamorgan Somerset Cardiff April 28, 1988 Drawn
155* - Sunil Gavaskar 2 1 Somerset Yorkshire Weston-super-Mare August 6, 1980 Drawn
154 - Mohammad Azharuddin 4 1 Derbyshire Gloucestershire Gloucester June 18, 1991 Won
142 125 Sourav Ganguly 5 3 Glamorgan Kent Cardiff June 8, 2005 Lost
141 - Farokh Engineer 6 2 Lancashire Derbyshire Buxton July 17, 1971 Drawn
138 - Sunil Gavaskar 2 3 Somerset Surrey Kennington May 28, 1980 Lost
137 151 Virender Sehwag 2 2 Leicestershire Nottinghamshire Leicester June 27, 2003 Drawn
137 295 Rahul Dravid 4 2 Kent Hampshire Portsmouth July 19, 2000 Won
135 177 VVS Laxman 4 2 Lancashire Hampshire Southampton August 6, 2009 Drawn
133* - Ravi Shastri 3 1 Glamorgan Lancashire Liverpool June 28, 1991 Drawn
130 + 111 Virender Sehwag 2 2 Leicestershire Middlesex Southgate July 9, 2003 Lost
129* - Mohammad Azharuddin 4 2 Derbyshire Nottinghamshire Nottingham August 22, 1991 Won
128* - Farokh Engineer 5 1 Lancashire Surrey Kennington August 11, 1973 Lost
127 - Ravi Shastri 5 1 Glamorgan Middlesex Albergavenny June 10, 1989 Drawn
123* - Nawab of Pataudi Sr 3 3 Worcestershire Glamorgan Lianelli June 24, 1933 Lost
121* - Nawab of Pataudi Sr 4 2 Worcestershire Hampshire Worcester August 3, 1938 Drawn
120 - Kapil Dev 6 1 Northamptonshire Somerset Weston-super-Mare August 6, 1983 Drawn
113* 312 VVS Laxman 4 3 Lancashire Somerset Taunton September 9, 2009 Drawn
113 + 254 VVS Laxman 4 2 Lancashire Warwickshire Manchester September 23, 2009 Won
112 170 Piyush Chawla 9 2 Somerset Middlesex Lord’s August 28, 2013 Won
112 - Abdul Kardar 8 1 Warwickshire Middlesex Lord’s May 10, 1950 Won
111 188 Dinesh Mongia 4 1 Lancashire Gloucestershire Cheltenham July 21, 2004 Drawn
110 - Mohammad Azharuddin 4 2 Derbyshire Middlesex Lord’s August 9, 1991 Lost
109 207 VVS Laxman 4 2 Lancashire Yorkshire Manchester July 31, 2009 Drawn
109 - Mohammad Azharuddin 4 2 Derbyshire Glamorgan Cardiff June 16, 1994 Won
108* 147 Dinesh Mongia 4 3 Lancashire Warwickshire Manchester July 28, 2004 Drawn
107 - Ravi Shastri 3 1 Glamorgan Leicestershire Neath June 21, 1991 Drawn
106 - Gautam Gambhir 2 3 Essex Gloucestershire Bristol August 28, 2013 Drawn
104* - Farokh Engineer 6 1 Lancashire Warwickshire Manchester August 2, 1975 Won
103 165 VVS Laxman 5 2 Lancashire Warwickshire Manchester September 11, 2007 Won
103 - Ravi Shastri 5 1 Glamorgan Northamptonshire Swansea July 1, 1987 Lost
103 - Kapil Dev 6 1 Northamptonshire Sussex Eastbourne August 11, 1982 Won
103 - Farokh Engineer 4 3 Lancashire Glamorgan Swansea June 11, 1969 Drawn
102* # 86 Piyush Chawla 9 2 Sussex Worcestershire Worcester June 11, 2009 Won
101* - Ravi Shastri 7 3 Glamorgan Middlesex Albergavenny June 10, 1989 Drawn
101 - Nawab of Pataudi Jr 3 1 Sussex Hampshire Portsmouth June 26, 1965 Lost
100 100 VVS Laxman 3 4 Lancashire Surrey Kennington September 19, 2007 Lost
100 98 Sachin Tendulkar 5 4 Yorkshire Durham Durham August 4, 1992 Won
100 229 Mohammad Azharuddin 4 1 Derbyshire Warwickshire Birmingham June 28, 1991 Won
100* - Kapil Dev 6 3 Northamptonshire Derbyshire Northampton August 14, 1982 Won
100 - Kapil Dev 7 1 Worcestershire Middlesex Lord’s April 27, 1985 Lost

# represents Century on debut

+ represents Century on last appearance

-          The fastest century recorded is off 82 balls by Piyush Chawla in 2009 on his County Championship debut.

-          Piyush Chawla is the only Indian cricketer to score a century on his County Championship debut.

-          Virender Sehwag scored a century in 92 balls (130 off 111), which was his last appearance in County Championship in 2003.

-          Nawab of Pataudi Sr scored double centuries in consecutive innings (231* and 222) in August 1933.

Centuries on debut appearance:

102* – Piyush Chawla in 2009

Centuries in last appearance:

130 – Virender Sehwag in 2003

113* – VVS Laxman in 2009

Centuries in consecutive innings:

231* and 222 – Nawab of Pataudi in 1933

165 and 161 – Dinesh Mongia in 2006

109 and 135 – VVS Laxman in 2009

107 and 133* – Ravi Shastri in 1991

113* and 113 – VVS Laxman in 2009

Centuries in consecutive matches:

103* and 100 – Kapil Dev in 1982

110 and 160* – Mohammad Azharuddin in 1991

129* and 212 – Mohammad Azharuddin in 1991

Centuries in both innings:

127 & 101* by Ravi Shastri in June 1989

Team-wise distribution:

12 – Lancashire

8 – Derbyshire

7 – Glamorgan, Warestershire

5 – Leicestershire

3 – Northamptonshire, Somerset

2 – Sussex

1 – Essex, Kent, Warwickshire, Yorkshire

Opposition-wise distribution:

7 – Middlesex

5 – Glamorgan, Warwickshire

4 – Hampshire, Somerset

3 – Durham, Gloucestershire, Surrey

2 – Derbyshire, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire

1 – Northamptonshire, Sussex, Worcestershire

Venue-wise distribution:

5 – Manchester, Worcester

4 – Lord’s

3 – Cardiff, Kennington, Leicester, Weston-super-Mare

2 – Albergavenny, Portsmouth, Swansea

1 – Birmingham, Bristol, Buxton, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Chester-le-Street, Derby, Durham, Eastbourne, Gloucester, Lianelli, Liverpool, Neath, Northampton, Nottingham, Southampton, Southgate, Taunton

Year-wise distribution:

8 – 1991

5 – 2009

4 – 1933

2 – 1980, 1982, 1989, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013

1 – 1934, 1938, 1950, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2000

Batting Position-wise distribution:

18 – No.4

9 – No.3, No.5

5 – Opening, No.6

2 – No.7, No.9

1 – No.8

Match Inning-wise distribution:

20 – 1st innings

17 – 2nd innings

12 – 3rd innings

2 – 4th innings

Result-wise distribution:

23 – Draw

18 – Won

10 – Lost

Note:
Abdul Kardar was a Pakistan citizen when he played in the County Championship. He played for India in 1946 before moving permanently to Pakistan in 1947.

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(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 at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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