Century on debut and never again

Data correct up to Sep 16, 2019

A total of 105 batsmen have made a century on debut. They have accounted for 107 centuries (since LG Rowe and Yasir Hameed scored two centuries on their debuts).

But 40 of them never scored a century again (including Yasir Hameed). Two of them played only one Test (AG Ganteaume and RE Redmond) and many had short careers. Some had longer careers and made several fifties but no centuries. The complete list is:

Century on debut and never again

Apart from the luckless 1-Test players, many played for one or two series only.

Those members of this club who played the most Tests are “honorary member” Yasir Hameed (25) and L Amarnath (24) followed by SK Raina (18). The most fifties are by 8 by Yasir Hameed followed by SK Raina (7) and Umar Akmal (6). Only one other (Hanumant Singh) has made 5 fifties.

C Bannerman’s century in the first ever Test is well known.

Note the father and son combination of L Amarnath and S Amarnath. The other son M Amarnath had a less successful debut but ended up as a leading batsman with several crucial centuries.

Aminul Islam and KJ O’Brien emulated C Bannerman and made centuries in the first Tests of their countries.

The bottom 4 (from Blundell onwards) are likely to play again. Some Pakistan fans feel that Fawad Alam has a chance of playing again although his last Test was in 2009.

The highest scorer here was RE Foster with 287 (which is the highest score on debut and was the Test record until A Sandham made 325 over a quarter century later). The only other double century is by Kuruppu (201*) Next are HD Rutherford (171), Yasir Hameed (170) and Fawad Alam (168).

Then there was the “Indian jinx”. It stemmed from the fact that for a long time, ALL Indian players who scored a century on debut never scored another. Namely:

L Amarnath (1933)

RH Shodhan (1952)

AG Kripal Singh (1955)

AA Baig (1959)

Hanumant Singh (1964)

One could also include the senior Nawab of Pataudi who played first for England and then for India.

GR Viswanath made a century on debut in 1969 and then a second one in 1973, thus ending the jinx.

Ultimately, 15 Indian players (not including the senior Pataudi) made a century on debut. Those who made centuries after their debut were Viswanath, Azharuddin, Ganguly, Sehwag, Dhawan and RG Sharma.

Those who missed out include the 5 listed above as well as S Amarnath, Amre, Raina and Shaw (although the last is likely to play again).

Then there are the tragic cases of those who never scored even a fifty after their debut. (RE Redmond is an exception as he scored a century and a fifty in his only Test. His son AJ Redmond played 8 Tests with two fifties and a top score of 83.)

Those 19 unfortunates deserve a separate post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/century-on-debut-and-not-even-a-fifty-again/

 

Afghanistan and Ireland in Tests-1

Afghanistan and Ireland have each played 3 Tests, including one between themselves. Here is the record of these matches:

Afg-Ire Tests

Afghanistan have made rapid progress, starting with a two-day defeat in their first Test followed by two wins, the latest against the higher-rated Bangladesh. Ireland have lost all three Tests, putting up a good fight in the first two but abjectly collapsing to 38 all out in the third. They did however dismiss England for 85 in that Test.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Afg-Ire runs

Rahmat Shah, KJ O’Brien and Asghar Afghan (former Stanikzai) have the most runs. The only centuries are by Rahmat and O’Brien, the latter on debut. Rahmat and Asghar have 3 scores of 50+.

At the other end of the scale, Murtagh became the first No 11 batsman in any Test to score 25+ in each innings during Ireland’s second Test.

Highest innings (75 and above):

Afg-Ire innings.JPG

Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

Afg-Ire wkts

Rashid Khan has by far the best total here. He has 3 fivers and the only tenner here. Murtagh is the only other with a fiver.

Best innings bowling (4wi or more):

Afg-Ire innings bowl

Note Rashid’s two fivers in the same match, while Murtagh’s 2018 figure is the best on debut from either side. Murtagh also became the first Irish player to appear on the Lord’s honours board.

Best match bowling (6wi and above):

Afg-Ire match bowl

Rashid Khan has the two best performances here.

To be continued

 

 

Ireland’s flop show

After holding their own for the first two days, Ireland collapsed abjectly to an 143-run defeat in their first Test at Lord’s.

From here we can see that their 38 all out

1) is the lowest score at Lord’s, slipping below the 42 by India in 1974.

2) the second shortest innings by balls bowled. The record is 75 balls in South Africa’s 30 all out at Birmingham in 1924. Ireland’s 94-ball effort shares the second spot with England’s 61 all out at Melbourne in 1901-02 as well as South Africa’s other 30 all out, at Port Elizabeth in 1895-96. at Melbourne in 1901-02

It is also one of the rare instances in recent times when two bowlers (Woakes and Broad) ran through a side:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282890.html

Interestingly, the last such instance was by England (58 all out under lights) at Auckland in 2017-2018. On that occasion Boult and Southee were the wreckers.

India’s 42 does not appear here, since Old and Arnold together bowled 16 overs and Hendrick bowled the 17th.

England’s first innings score of 85 is not the lowest score by a winning side. More about this here (though it is from 2016 and has not been updated):

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/233412.html

On the positive side:

TJ Murtagh recorded the first fiver (5-13) for Ireland. In their last Test against Afghanistan, he had recorded their third fifty (54*).

He will thus the first Irish player to appear on the Lord’s honours boards.

Murtagh (6-65) and debutant Adair (6-98) now have the best match figures for Ireland. The previous record was 6-100 by Murtagh in their maiden Test against Pakistan.

Naturally, Murtagh has the most wickets (13) for Ireland.

KJ O’Brien has the most runs (258) for Ireland, besides the only century (118) which was in their maiden Test.

Finally, Chris Woakes recorded his third five-wicket haul. All three of them had come at Lord’s, where he took two fivers in the same match against Pakistan in 2016.