Penned By-Yash Soni
It is always considered that scoring a century in test cricket is a bit challenging than 50 over cricket because it tests the temperament, techniques, skills and potential of the respective player. Especially, these things are always tested when a teenager starts playing in a longer format like test cricket.
Every batsman who plays test cricket has a dream of scoring a test century and it helps him gain confidence if that comes at a very young. When a young player makes a hundred it is always a good sign of a very promising carrier ahead.
Here, are 5 Youngest cricketers to score a century in test cricket and made their countries more than proud.
5. Imran Nazir
The Pakistani batsman was 18 years and 154 days old when he scored 131 runs against West Indies at Bridgetown in 2000. He combined with fellow opener Mohammad Wasim(82) to make a 219 partnership for the first wicket in the second innings and help Pakistan to a draw.
Nazir become the second youngest Pakistan cricketer to score a hundred in test cricket.
4. Hamilton Masakadza
The legendary Zimbabwean all-rounder started early in his career when he scored a century at the age of just 17. At the age of 16, he became the youngest Zimbabwe player to score a first class century. He made his Test debut in Harare against the West Indies in 2001.
In his team’s second innings, he made 119, thus – at the age of 17 years and 354 days – became World’s youngest player to score a century on Test debut. However, he held this record for only less than two months before it was broken by Muhammad Ashraful of Bangladesh.
3. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
The Indian cricketer announced his arrival at the international stage with his brilliant innings. India were struggling at 183/6 chasing 408 runs for victory against England at Manchester in 1990. Sachin then combined with Manoj Prabhakar to help India to draw the match. Both put an unbeaten 160 run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Sachin remained unbeaten on 119 off 189 deliveries with 17 fours, thus he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a hundred in test cricket at an age of just 17 years and 107 days.
2. Mushtaq Mohammad
He is the first youngest Pakistan cricketer to score a ton at 17 years and 78 days when he smashed 101 runs in Pakistan’s score of 286 in the first innings against India at Delhi in 1961.
The match ended with a draw, but Mushtaq’s knock stood out. Mushtaq held the record for four decades before it was broken by Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh.
1. Mohammad Ashraful
The Bangladesh batsman was just 17 years and 61 days when he broke a long-standing record of four decades of Mushtaq Mohammad as the youngest to score a ton in test cricket.
Ashraful scored 114 runs against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2001, but the knock was not enough to save Bangladesh from losing the match by an inning and 137 runs. Ashraful is the current youngest cricketer to score a ton at this age.