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Highest debut score: Shafali, Rana break 26-year old record

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Shafali Verma’s 96 against the England women’s team is the highest score on Test debut by an Indian women’s cricket team batter. If she had made another four runs against England in India’s first innings in Bristol, Shafali would have become the first Indian woman to score a century on Test debut.

Sneh Rana’s unbeaten 80 in India’s second innings to draw the Bristol Test is also the second-highest individual score by an Indian woman on Test debut. The previous highest individual score on Test debut by an Indian woman was 75 by Chanderkanta Kaul against New Zealand in Nelson in 1995.

In all, there have been 12 half-centuries made by Test debutants for India Women.

Highest individual scores on Test debut for India Women

Player Score Opposition Venue Year
Shafali Verma 96 England Bristol 2021
Sneh Rana 80* England Bristol 2021
Chanderkanta Kaul 75 New Zealand Nelson 1995
Shantha Rangaswamy 74 West Indies Bangalore 1976
Sandhya Agarwal 71 Australia Ahmedabad 1984
Shobha Pandit 69 West Indies Bangalore 1976
Gargi Banerji 63 Australia Delhi 1984
Shafali Verma 63 England Bristol 2021
Minoti Desai 54 England Wetherby 1986
Deepti Sharma 54 England Bristol 2021
Sangita Dabir 52 New Zealand Nelson 1995
Smriti Mandhana 51 England Wetherby 2014

Only two batters have ever made centuries on debut for India Women: Mithali Raj and Reshma Gandhi. Interestingly, both centuries were unbeaten and came in the same ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes, England in 1999. While Gandhi played only one more match for India thereafter, Raj is still playing 22 years later!

As far as women’s Test cricket is concerned, there have been 12 centuries – including a double ton -- on debut, although none by an Indian yet. Three have been scored against India. Incredibly, seven of the 12 debut centuries have been made by Australians, including the top four scores.

Centuries on Test debut in women’s cricket

Player Score For Against Venue Year
Michelle Goszko 204 Australia England Shenley 2001
Melanie Jones 131 Australia England Guildford 1998
Belinda Haggett 126 Australia England Worcester 1987
Lorraine Hill 118* Australia New Zealand Wellington 1975
Nadine George 118 West Indies Pakistan Karachi 2004
Julie Stockton 117 Australia New Zealand Sydney 1979
Lesley Cooke 117 England India Wetherby 1986
Enid Bakewell 113 England Australia Adelaide 1968
Una Paisley 108 Australia New Zealand Wellington 1948
Chamani Seneviratna 105* Sri Lanka Pakistan Colombo 1998
Belinda Clark 104 Australia India Sydney 1991
Mignon du Preez 102 South Africa India Mysore 2014

Featured photo: Twitter / BCCI Women

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