From 15 March 1877, when the inaugural test match was played to till now, Cricket world has witnessed over 2170 Test matches and more than 2100000 runs have been made so far. Everybody knows who has scored highest number of centuries or double centuries or triple centuries. But do you know who was India’s first centurion? Or who has scored the first hundred for Australia? To get it clear in your mind, here we are with the list of Every Cricket Nation’s first centurions.
Let’s have a look at first centurions of each country in test cricket.
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Every Cricket Nation’s first centurions
It was the birth of Test cricket in Melbourne in 1877, when Charles Bannerman faced the first ball of the Test cricket. He scored the first run and the maiden hundred of cricket history. He was also the first man to retire hurt. Bannerman’s 165 runs innings still remains in the record book as the highest percentage (67.3%) of runs scored by a single player out of a complete innings. No other Australian batsman was able to reach 20 in the same innings. However after scoring a brilliant 165, Bannerman opted to retire hurt after his right hand was split by a lob from George Ulyett. Charles Bannerman has played only 3 Test matches for Australia.
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England- W.G Grace
After Bannerman’s century, it was the fourth test match in cricket history when one of the greatest batsmen of test cricket showed his brilliance. William Gilbert Grace, the name is very much familiar to numerous cricket lovers. In 1880, against Australia, Grace made a superb 152 after playing 294 deliveries with the help of 12 boundaries. The statistics of his career are alone enough to explain why Grace is one of the best batsmen ever to grace the game of cricket. His first class statistics are looked like unbreakable. Grace has played 870 first class matches and scored 54211 runs.
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South Africa – Jimmy Sinclair
After the rivalries between Australia and England, then came a South African who scored the first hundred for his nation. After seven consecutive defeats, in 1898-99 series against England at Cape Town, Jimmy Sinclair scored a valiant 106 runs with the help of 9 fours. He also became the first player to score a century and take six wickets in the first innings of the same Test. But all his efforts went into vain as it couldn’t stop South Africa from yet another defeat. In the early days of the South African cricket, Jimmy was the backbone of South African team. As an all-rounder, Jimmy has scored 1069 runs and also taken 63 wickets after playing 25 matches for his country.
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West Indies- Clifford Roach
In January 1930, in the Bridgetown Test against England, a hard hitting opener form West Indies made a glorious 122 and became the first batsman from West Indies to score a century in Test cricket. Clifford Roach, a member of the side which played in West Indies’ First Test Match, at Lord’s in 1928, smashed 20 boundaries during that brilliant innings. He has also scored the first Test double-hundred two Tests later for West Indies. He has played 16 matches for West Indies and scored 952 runs with the help of 2 hundreds to his name.
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New Zealand- Stewie Dempster
Stewie Dempster is most probably the best batsman New Zealand has produced ever. A batting average of more than 65 is the evidence which proves his bating talent. He scored New Zealand’s first Test century when he made an impressive 136 with 8 fours against England at Basin Reserve, Wellington on 24th January 1930. He batted for 274 minutes during this innings which took New Zealand to a formidable total of 440 in the first innings. In the second innings, Dempster also scored another brilliant 80 runs. In first-class matches Dempster scored 12,267 runs, with an average of 45.43.
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India- Lala Amarnath
No doubt, Lala Amarnath was the first super star of Indian cricket. An outstanding all-rounder, Amarnath made a valiant 118 against England at Bombay in December 1933 on his Test debut against England. He played for 185 minutes and cracked 21 boundaries during his innings. He has scored 874 runs and taken 45 wickets in just 24 matches for India. His three sons became first-class cricketers and two played in Tests. He was one of the most popular celebrities in Indian cricket as a selector, manager, coach and broadcaster.
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Pakistan- Nazar Mohammad
Nazar Mohammad was the first Pakistani player to face the ball in Test cricket, at Delhi in 1952-53, and scored a century in the next match at Lucknow. He became the country’s first Test centurion after being batted throughout Pakistan’s 515-minute innings against India and scored 124 not out. Nazar’s painstaking display that lasted eight hours thirty-five minutes set up an innings victory for Pakistan and he became the first player to be on the field throughout a Test. After some years his career ended because of a domestic accident which damaged his arm.
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Sri Lanka- Sidath Wettimuny
It was Sri Lanka’s third official Test, against Pakistan in Faisalabad in March 1982. A Sri Lankan batsman batted throughout the first day and during this process he had crossed the three figure mark for the first time for his country. His name was Sidath Wettimuny and he became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score a century against Pakistan on 14th March 1982. He scored a spectacular 157 runs after batted for 372 minutes of just 330 balls with 21 boundaries. He was a solid right-hand batsman who played 23 test matches for Sri Lanka.
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Zimbabwe– Dave Houghton
After Charles Bannerman, Dave Houghton became the second batsman to score a century in his country’s first match. The match was against India at Harare in October 1992, when Houghton scored a brilliant 121 which helped Zimbabwe to deny an Indian Victory on their first Test match. With this Zimbabwe became the second country after Australia not to lose their first Test match. One can simply say Dave Houghton is one of Zimbabwe’s best two batsmen in their short Test history, alongside Andy Flower. Houghton who played 22 Tests for his country made 1464 runs with 4 centuries.
Bangladesh- Aminul Islam
Bangladesh was the last team which got test status in the year 2000. On 10th November 2000, Bangladesh played the first test match against India at Dhaka. Surprisingly Aminul Islam played really well against the Indian bowlers and scored a brilliant 145 and became the country’s first cricketer to score a century. He played for 535 minutes and faced 380 deliveries. His century also included 17 boundaries. Aminul’s 145 was the second-highest score in a nation’s debut after Charles Bannerman’s 165 for Australia in the first official Test match.
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