Shikhar Dhawan becomes 13th Indian cricketer to slam century on debut

Shikhar Dhawan’s century came off just 85 balls © AFP (File Pic)

Mohali: Mar 16, 2013

India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday created history by scoring fastest-ever century on debut in Test cricket. The 27-year-old also became the 13th Indian cricketer to slam a century on debut, scoring 104 not out off just 85 balls against Australia in the third Test at Mohali.

What was amazing was that Dhawan, effectively, scored his hundred in just one session since he was not out on nought at lunch. Dhawan’s knock of 104 not out was studded with 21 boundaries as the Australian bowlers had no answer to the onslaught which took them by surprise.

The left-handed opening batsman didn’t play a single stroke in the air during his innings, and found boundaries at ease on both the sides of the wicket.

Earlier, Dhawan clobbered 12 boundaries to bring up his maiden half-century in Test cricket, during the third day’s play at Mohali. Dhawan brought up his half-century from only 51 balls, reaching 54 not out.

Here is a list of Indian batsmen who have hit a century on debut (Note that Dhawan is also the only opener among the lot):

 

Player Year Score
Lala Amarnath 1933 118
Deepak Shodhan 1952 110
AG Kripal Singh 1955 100*
Abbas Ali Baig 1959 112
Hanumant Singh 1964 105
Gundappa Viswanath 1969 137
Surinder Amarnath 1976 124
Mohammad Azharuddin 1984 110
Pravin Amre 1992 103
Sourav Ganguly 1996 131
Virender Sehwag 2001 105
Suresh Raina 2010 120
**Shikhar Dhawan 2013 104*

** Match still in progress

Dhawan is still unbeaten at Mohali at the time of writing this report, and it remains to be seen how far he will go.

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