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Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to hit Test century on debut

Jaspreet Sahni | Updated: November 7, 2013, 3:51 PM IST
Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to hit Test century on debut

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It took Rohit Sharma 108 ODIs and more than 3000 runs to wear the Test whites - the longest any cricketer has taken to graduate to Test cricket. But when he did, he made it count to the T. A century on debut, that too in circumstances when India had their backs to the wall at 83 for 5 on day two of the first Test against West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Rohit's dream debut put him in an elite bracket with 13 other Indians who had scored a century on Test debut. Incidentally, India's new successful limited-overs opening pair of Rohit and Shikhar Dhwan have both now scored centuries on their Test debut and in the same year as well, i.e., 2013. Dhawan has never looked back since that 187 against Australia and now Rohit's following suit since he started opening with Dhawan earlier this year.

Rohit is also the fifth player to score a debut Test hundred at the Eden Gardens. Here are both the lists:

Indians hitting century on Test debut

Rohit Sharma 127* vs West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 6, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan 187 vs Australia at Mohali, Mar 14, 2013
Suresh Raina 120 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, July 26, 2010
Virender Sehwag 105 vs South Africa at Bloemfontein, Nov 3, 2001
Sourav Ganguly 131 vs England at Lord's June 20, 1996
Pravin Amre 103 vs South Africa at Durban, Nov 13, 1992
Mohammad Azharuddin 110 vs England at Kolkata, Dec 31, 1984
Surinder Amarnath 124 vs New Zealand at Auckland, Jan 24, 1976
Gundappa Viswanath 137 vs Australia at Kanpur, Nov 15, 1969
Hanumant Singh 105 vs England at Delhi, Feb 8, 1964
Abbas Ali Baig 112 vs England at Manchester, July 23, 1959
Kripal Singh 100* vs New Zealand at Hyderabad, Nov 19, 1955
RH Shodhan 110 vs Pakistan at Kolkata, Dec 12, 1952
Lala Amarnath 118 vs England at Mumbai, Dec 15, 1933

Players to hit century on Test debut at the Eden Gardens

Rohit Sharma 127* vs West Indies, Nov 6, 2013
Alviro Petersen 100 vs India, Feb 14, 2010
Mohammad Azharuddin 110 vs England , Dec 31, 1984
B Taylor 105 vs India , Mar 5, 1965
RH Shodhan 110 vs Pakistan at Kolkata, Dec 12, 1952

First Published: November 7, 2013, 3:51 PM IST
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