Test cricket is considered the game’s highest standard and playing the longest format of cricket needs good skillset. One who plays this format well enough, is considered to play the rest two formats quite easily too. As a Test match can question your skill, temperament, and talent, all at the same time.
Performing well enough to get the team over the line is good, but scoring a century on Test debut is somewhat more special.
Today we bring you a list of 5 players who have scored the fastest century on debut.
Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls)
Dhawan debut in March 2013 in Mohali replacing Virender Sehwag as an opener and he didn’t disappoint anyone. He scored the fastest debut hundred in Test history in just 85 deliveries by playing his natural flamboyant shots and smashed 185 runs in 168 balls.
His ton not only beat the 93-ball mark set by the West Indies’ Dwayne Smith against South Africa in 2004 but was the highest ever score by an Indian debutant, beating Gundappa Viswanath’s 137 back in 1969.
Dwayne Smith (93 balls)
Dwayne Smith who can clear grounds at will made his Test debut in 2004 against South Africa. He failed to impress in the first innings but came out strongly in the second and brought up his Test hundred on debut in just 93 balls. With this he became 11th West Indian player to score Test century on debut.
An interesting fact – this is his only century across the formats in international cricket. He failed to keep his spot due to series of poor performances and he was dropped from the Test side of Windies. He played for Mumbai Indians in IPL and Islamabad United in PSL.
Prithvi Shaw (99 balls)
Prithvi Shaw made his Test debut against West Indies in October 2018 and broke a series of records. He became the youngest Indian and 3rd fastest to score a century on debut (100 of 99 balls). Shaw was also the second youngest Indian to make a test debut behind Ishant Sharma.
He went onto score a 99-ball hundred and got out at 134 in his debut match. Prithvi Shaw also scored centuries on Ranji Trophy debut, Duleep Trophy debut. He lead India U19 to World Cup victory in 2018 and had a terrific outing in domestic cricket.
Matt Prior(105 balls)
Matt Prior, an aggresssive wicket-keeper batsman for England made his debut against West Indies in 2007 at Lords. He became the first English wicket-keeper who has scored a century on debut. He scored a quick century in just 105 balls while batting at number 7.
He is also the fastest England wicketkeeper to reach 1000 Test runs. But his good batting was always overshadowed by his poor wicket keeping. He retired from international cricket in 2015 due to recurring injuries.
Abul Hasan (106 balls)
Abul Hasan is a fast bowler from Bangladesh who made his test debut against West Indies in 2012. He did something which happened only once before in the history of test cricket dating back to 1877. He became only the second Test debutant to make a hundred at No. 10 after Reggie Duff over a century ago in 1902.
When West Indies ran through the Bangladesh top order, who would have thought something like this would happen. He scored 100 of just 106 deliveries with 13 fours and three sixes. After that he didn’t get many opportunities to play test matches.