Khulna: Abul Hasan, a rookie medium-pacer from Bangladesh, has become the first player in the history of Test cricket to score a century batting at No. 10 on debut. The 20-year-old reached the landmark in the final over of the first day's play in the second Test against West Indies on Wednesday, off 105 deliveries, when he flicked Sunil Narine off his pads for two runs.
In reaching three figures in his first Test innings, Hasan become only the second No. 10 batsman to achieve the remarkable feat of a century on debut in 135 years. On January 1, 1902 against England in Melbourne, Australia’s Reggie Duff became the first tailender to score a century on debut, having scored 32 in his first innings.
Hasan outscored his senior partner Mahmudullah in an unbeaten ninth-wicket partnership of 172 in 30 overs, finishing the first day on 100 off 108 balls having hit 13 fours and three sixes.
Hasan, whose previous best in six first-class innings was 61, walked in at the fall of the eighth wicket with Bangladesh having 193 on the board. At stumps, they were 365 for 8.
Hasan opened his account with a triple and cut his seventh ball in Test cricket for four. He never backed away from playing his shots, despite not having the best technique, played a series of aggressive shot against spin and pace. His three sixes came off Veerasammy Permaul (twice) and West Indies captain Darren Sammy. Hasan reached fifty in 55 balls by hitting Sammy over long-off, having been given a life on 42 when forward short leg spilled a juggling catch of Permaul.
Hasan was called up to Bangladesh’s Test squad for two matches against West Indies on the basis of his right-arm medium-pace, despite a first-class bowling average of 43.37 and strike-rate of 88.6. He has played four Twenty20 internationals for Bangladesh.