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From Lala Amarnath to Shreyas Iyer: Know the debut Test centuries for India

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Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian player to score a century on his Test debut after he scored 105 in the first innings of the first match against New Zealand at Kanpur on Friday.

Lala Amarnath was the first Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut when scored 118 against England at the Gymkhana Ground (Azad Maidan) in Mumbai in December 1933.

In July 1959, Abbas Ali Baig became the first Indian player to score an overseas hundred on his debut Test. Baig scored 112 runs against England at Manchester. 

At 20 years and 126 days, Baig holds the record for the youngest Indian batsman to score a hundred overseas on Test debut. Between 1952 to 1980, as many as six Indian players scored a Test hundred on debut. 

Shikhar Dhawan holds the record for fastest Test hundred on debut. The southpaw reached his hundred in 85 balls against Australia at Mohali in March 2013. He also became the oldest Indian to do so at 27 years and 99 days.

Shikhar Dhawan also holds the record for the highest score by an Indian on Test debut with 187 against Australia in Mohali in 2013.

Five years later, in 2018, Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a hundred on Test debut at 18 years and 329 days. The Mumbai batsman achieved the feat against West Indies at Rajkot when he scored 134 and helped India win the match by an innings and 272 runs, the biggest margin of victory for India in Test cricket.    

Debut Test century by Indian batsmen: Full list

Player 

Runs

Opposition

Venue

Year

Lala Amarnath

118

England

Mumbai

December 1933

Deepak Shodhan

110

Pakistan

Kolkata

December 1952

AG Kripal Singh

100*

New Zealand

Hyderabad (Deccan)

November 1955

Abbas Ali Baig

112

England

Manchester 

July 1959

Hanumant Singh

105

England 

Delhi

February 1964

Gundappa Visvanath

137

Australia

Kanpur

November 1969

Surinder Amarnath

124

New Zealand

Auckland

January 1976

Mohammad Azharuddin

110

England

Kolkata

December 1984

Pravin Amre

103 

South Africa

Durban

November 1992

Sourav Ganguly

131

England

Lord’s

June 1996

Virender Sehwag

105

South Africa

Bloemfontein

November 2001

Suresh Raina

120

Sri Lanka

Colombo

July 2010

Shikhar Dhawan

187

Australia

Mohali

March 2013

Rohit Sharma

177

West Indies 

Kolkata

November 2013

Prithvi Shaw

134 

West Indies 

Rajkot

October 2018

Shreyas Iyer 

105

New Zealand 

Kanpur

November 2021

Author: Kaustubh Potdar

Featured photo: BCCI / Twitter 

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