Today we look at
- Test players from India who scored a century on debut.
- Test players who scored a century on debut, that Test being against India
- Also those who scored a century AND duck on Test debut.
These figures are as on Jan 17, 2018
Indian players who scored a century on Test debut:
No Indian has achieved this against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. All other Test teams are represented here.
RG Sharma is one of the few to score centuries in his first two Test innings. Azharuddin is not in this category as he scored two centuries in his first three innings.
Those who scored a century on Test debut, that Test being against India:
Interesting that there are 14 members on each of these lists.
No Pakistani player has achieved this against India. All other Test teams are represented.
Finally, KK Jennings became the 4th player to score a century and duck on Test debut in late 2016. The full list is:
Note that Viswanath was the first to score a duck and century on debut.
There are also those who scored a century and an unbeaten zero on debut. An unbeaten zero is not considered as a duck. The only instance in all Tests is that of BR Taylor (105 and 0*) against India in 1965 noted above. That came about in a declaration with 9 wickets down: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62966.html
And Taylor remains the only one to score a century and take a five-for on Test debut.
Next time we will look at fivers and tenners on Test debut.