New Delhi: On Monday in Mohali, India's Shikhar Dhawan was named the Man of the Match for his first-innings 187 off 174 balls which helped set up India's seven-wicket win over Australia. It marked the 28th time that a cricketer had won the match award on Test debut, but just the second Indian batsman to achieve the distinction.
The previous India batsman to win the Man-of-the-Match award on Test debut was Praveen Amre in November 1992, for his 103 off 299 balls in a draw with South Africa in Durban. With his match-winning 187, Dhawan also became India's highest scorer on debut in Tests as well as the fastest debut centurion in Test history. The last Indian to be adjudged Man of the Match on Test debut was offspinner R Ashwin against West Indies in November 2011.
Other Indian batsmen to have scored centuries in their first Tests Lala Amarnath, who made 118 against England in 1933 (India's first Test match at home); Deepak Shodhan against Pakistan in Kolkata in 1952; AG Kripal Singh versus New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1955; Asif Ali Baig verusus England at Manchester in 1959; Hanumant Singh against England in Delhi in 1964; Gundappa Vishwanath versus 137 Australia at Kanpur in 1969; Surinder Amarnath against New Zealand at Auckland in 1976; Mohammad Azharuddin against England at Kolkata in 1984-85; Sourav Ganguly versus England at Lord's in 1996; Virender Sehwag against South Africa in Bloemfontein in 2001; and Suresh Raina against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2010.
India's latest opener in Test cricket marked his first innings with a match-winning 187, becoming the second Indian batsman after Praveen Amre to win the match award on debut.