New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday became the 13th Indian batsman to mark his debut with a century. But unlike the 12 batsman before him, Dhawan etched his name in the record books by scoring three figures in 85 balls, thus becoming the fastest debut centurion of all time, as well as becoming India's most successful batsman on Test debut.
Dhawan's unbeaten 185 surpassed Gundappa Vishwanath's 137 scored against Australia at Kanpur in 1969 as the highest score by an Indian in his first Test. It was a superb innings, sculpted with some dazzling boundaries all across the PCA Stadium in Mohali. He opened up with some punchy drives and pulls before targeting spinners Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty. Dhawan reached his half-century in 50 balls and sped to three figures in 35 more.
In all, he hit 33 boundaries and two sixes in his 168-ball innings. His superb effort also helped record India's first double-century opening stand in Tests against Australia. Dhawan's superlative effort is so far the sixth highest by a debut batsman and he looks poised to become the fifth batsman to reach 200 on debut.
The left-hand opener became India's 13th Test debut centurion and surpassed GR Vishwanath's 137 with the highest score by an Indian debutant.
Here's the full list of Indian cricket's 13 Test debut centurions.
Centuries by Indian batsman on debut:
1 Lala Amarnath - 118 v England, Mumbai, 1933
2 Deepak Shodhan - 110 v Pakistan, Kolkata, 1952
3 AG Kripal Singh - 100* v New Zealand, Hyderabad, 1955
4 Asif Ali Baig - 112 v England, Manchester, 1959
5 Hanumant Singh - 105 v England, Delhi, 1964
6 Gundappa Vishwanath - 137 v Australia, Kanpur, 1969
7 Surinder Amarnath - 124 v New Zealand, Auckland, 1976
8 Mohammad Azharuddin - 110 v England, Kolkata, 1984
9 Praveen Amre - 103 v South Africa, Durban, 1992
10 Sourav Ganguly - 131 v England, Lord's, 1996
11 Virender Sehwag - 105 v South Africa, Bloemfontein, 2001
12 Suresh Raina - 120 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2010
13 Shikhar Dhawan - 185* v Australia, Mohali, 2013