Mohammad Ashraful becomes the youngest Test centurion

Mohammad Ashraful’s career has been one heck of a roller coaster ride. The story of his rise and fall, all at a very young age, is learning for every aspiring cricketer.

On this day, 14 years back, he made a strong statement by becoming the youngest Test centurion at 17 years and 63 days. It was on his Test debut, he batted at no.6; he made a fine 114 in testing conditions against the likes of Vaas and Muralitharan. His knock, though a valiant one, wasn’t enough to avert a humiliating innings defeat. However, it did make him an overnight sensation back home.

After making an impact so early in his career, he failed to live up to the expectations. The selectors gave him chances and he kept failing. He also led Bangladesh for a while. The last nail in the coffin was his emotional confession of being involved in match fixing, which resulted in an eight-year ban from cricket.