Will Sachin Tendulkar sign off by joining this elite list?

After scoring 100 hundreds in international cricket, can Sachin Tendulkar get one more in his last Test? © PTI

Sachin Tendulkar is set to play their last Test on November 14, 2013. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the men who had scored hundreds in their last Tests.

The nation will be glued to television sets, radio, and live updates on the internet as Sachin Tendulkar will step out to play on November 14, 2014. A billion pairs of eyes will follow the proceedings dreaming single-mindedly that The Little Master will go on a high. And what individual achievement can be higher than a Test hundred?

Let us look at the men who have scored a hundred in their last Test:

Player Team Last day of Test Vs Venue 1st innings 2nd innings
Henry Wood Eng March 22, 1892 SA Newlands 134* TDNB
Arthur Hill Eng March 23, 1896 SA Newlands 124 TDNB
Reggie Duff Aust August 16, 1905 Eng The Oval 146 DNB
Jack Sharp Eng August 11, 1909 Aust The Oval 105 0*
Jack Russell Eng December 17, 1920 SA Kingsmead 140 111
Geoffrey Legge Eng February 24, 1930 NZ Eden Park 196 0
Andy Sandham Eng April 12, 1930 WI Sabina Park 325 50
Freddie Martin WI March 4, 1931 Aust SCG 123* 20
Bill Ponsford Aust August 22, 1934 Eng The Oval 266 22
Maurice Leyland Eng August 24, 1938 Aust The Oval 187 TDNB
Pieter van der Bijl SA March 14, 1939 Eng Kingsmead 125 97
Bam Bam Weekes WI August 22, 1939 Eng The Oval 137 TDNB
Andy Ganteaume WI February 16, 1948 Eng Queen’s Park Oval 112 DNB
Winston Place Eng April 1, 1948 WI Sabina Park 8 107
Vijay Merchant India November 7, 1951 Eng Delhi 154 TDNB
Raman Subba Row Eng August 22, 1961 Aust The Oval 12 137
Vijay Manjrekar India March 2, 1965 NZ Madras 19 102*
Colin Milburn Eng March 10, 1969 Pak Karachi 139 TDNB
Seymour Nurse WI March 17, 1969 NZ Christchurch 258 TDNB
Barry Richards SA March 10, 1970 Aust St George’s Park 81 126
Lee Irvine SA March 10, 1970 Aust St George’s Park 25 102
Rodney Redmond NZ February 19, 1973 Pak Eden Park 107 56
Ian Redpath Aust February 5, 1976 WI MCG 101 70
Greg Chappell Aust January 6, 1984 Pak SCG 182 DNB
Md Azharuddin India March 6, 2000 SA Bangalore 9 102
Murray Goodwin Zimb June 5, 2000 Eng Trent Bridge 148* 1*
Saeed Anwar Pak August 31, 2001 Bang Multan 101 TDNB
Aravinda de Silva SL July 23, 2002 Bang Colombo 206 TDNB
Martin Love Aust July 28, 2003 Bang Cairns 100* TDNB
Nasser Hussain Eng May 24, 2004 NZ Lord’s 34 103*
Jason Gillespie Aust April 20, 2006 Bang Chittagong 201* TDNB

* indicates NOT OUT
DNB indicates DID NOT BAT
TDNB indicates TEAM DID NOT BAT 

Trivia:

  • Wood had scoored the first hundred by a wicket-keeper

  • Ponsford had scored hundreds in his first two Tests and last two Tests

  • Azharuddin had scored hundreds in his first three Tests

  • Merchant and Redpath had scored hundreds in the previous Tests as well

  • Duff and Chappell had also scored hundreds on debut

  • Russell was the only batsman batsman to score twin tons in last Test

  • Legge was the only batsman to score a ton and a duck in last Test

  • Sandham has the highest innings and match scores in last Test

  • Ganteaume and Redmond were playing their only Tests

  • Milburn’s hundred came in the only innings of the Test

  • Richards and Irvine had scored their hundreds in South Africa’s last Test before ban

  • Current players who have scored hundreds in their last Tests: Of current players Phil Jacques, Dinesh Chandimal (hundred in the previous Test), Kumar Sangakkara (two hundreds in the previous Test), Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Hashim Amla, Corey Anderson, Mominul Haque (hundred in the previous Test), Asad Shafiq, AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith, Rohit Sharma (only Test), Ravichandran Ashwin

Will he? Won’t he?

(Abhishek Mukherjee is a cricket historian and Senior Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He generally looks upon life as a journey involving two components – cricket and literature – though not as disjoint elements. A passionate follower of the history of the sport with an insatiable appetite for trivia and anecdotes, he has also a steady love affair with the incredible assortment of numbers that cricket has to offer. He also thinks he can bowl decent leg-breaks in street cricket, and blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in. He can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)