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India's debut Test centurions


Rajneesh Gupta,Cricketnext.com
Jul 29, 2010 at 01:58pm IST

New Delhi: India's 86-year-old Test cricket history has been presented with 12 occasions when a debutant has announced his arrival by reaching the three-figure mark.

Suresh Raina on Thursday joined the list with a fantastic display against Sri Lanka on day four of the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. He is also the third left-hander to have achieved this feat after Surendra Amarnath and Sourav Ganguly.

Here's a look at the 12 players who belong to the elite club:

India's debut Test centurions: when and where

Suresh Raina on Thursday became the 12the player in India's 86-year-old Test history to hit a Test ton on debut.

Lala Amarnath: Nanik Amarnath Bhardwaj, commonly known as Lala Amarnath, was the first cricketer to score a Test century for India. Playing his debut match against England in 1933 on the Bombay Gymkhana Grounds, he scored a 118 in the second innings.

Deepak Shodhan: The second Indian batsman to score a hundred on Test debut, Shodhan achieved the feat batting at No. 8 against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He scored 110 in the first innings of the game in 1952.

AG Kripal Singh: Amritsar Govindsingh Kripal Singh, who came from a well-known cricketing family and played Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu, scored his lone Test hundred on debut against New Zealand in Hyderabad in the 1955-56 series. His score, 100 not out in the first innings.

Abbas Ali Baig: The first Indian cricketer to hit a century on debut while touring, Baig hit 112 in the second innings of the Manchester Test against England in 1959.

Hanumant Singh: The grandnephew of Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, Hanumant Singh scored 105 in the first innings of the Delhi Test against England in the 1963-64 season.

Gundappa Vishwanath: One of India's finest batsmen, Vishy had an elegant and wristly batting style. Making his debut against Australia in the Kanpur Test in 1969, Vishwanath was dismissed for a duck in the first innings, but set the records straight in the second scoring 137.

Surender Amarnath: Son of Lala Amarnath and brother of Mohinder Amarnath, Surender made his first-class debut as a 15-year-old. He made his Test debut against New Zealand in the Auckland Test in 1975 scoring 124 in the first innings.

Mohammad Azharuddin: Captain of the Indian team for much of the 1990s and known for the grace and fluidity of his wrist, Mohammad Azharuddin has the distinction of scoring a century in each of his first three Tests. His debut hundred (110) was scored against England at the Eden Gardens in 1984.

Pravin Amre: Current coach of the Mumbai cricket team, Pravin Amre scored a century on debut against South Africa that boasted of the likes of Allan Donald and Brian McMillan. His 103 came in the first innings of the Durban Test in the 1992-93 series.

Sourav Ganguly: Ranked by Wisden as the sixth greatest one-day international batsman of all time, Sourav Ganguly became only the third batsman to score a century on debut at the Lord's when he hit 131 in the first innings against England in 1996.

Virender Sehwag: The fastest triple centurion in the history of international cricket, Sehwag announced his arrival on the world stage with a cracking 105 against South Africa in the first innings of the Bloemfontein Test in 2001.

Suresh Raina: Having waited in the wings for a while, Raina made the most of the opportunity as he hit a brilliant 120 to become the 12th Indian to make a Test century on debut. His knock came in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka being played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.

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