Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian and 110th batter overall to score a century on debut in Tests. The right-hand top-order batter from Mumbai achieved this feat by making 105 in 267 minutes off 171 balls with 13 fours and two sixes on the second day of the first Test match against New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur on Friday (November 26).
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In fact, Shreyas Iyer became the only third Indian batsman after Amritsar Kripal Singh and Surinder Amarnath to record a hundred on Test debut against New Zealand.
Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to score to century on Test debut, when he made 118 against England in Mumbai nearly 88 years ago, in the 1933-34 series. Interestingly, his son Surinder Amarnath also accomplished the feat by making 124 against New Zealand at Auckland in the 1975-76 series.
West Indian Lawrence Rowe and Pakistan’s Yasir Hameed are the only two batters to score a century in each innings of the debut Test match.
A CENTURY ON DEBUT IN TESTS FOR INDIA
(Score - Batsman - Opponent - Venue - Season)
118 - Lala Amarnath - England - Mumbai - 1933-34;
110 - Deepak Shodhan - Pakistan - Kolkata - 1952-53;
100* - Amritsar Kripal Singh - New Zealand - Hyderabad (Ind) - 1955-56;
112 - Abbas Ali Baig - England - Manchester - 1959;
105 - Hanumant Singh - England - Delhi - 1963-64;
137 - Gundappa Viswanath - Australia - Kanpur - 1969-70;
124 - Surinder Amarnath - New Zealand - Auckland - 1975-76;
110 - Mohammed Azharuddin - England - Kolkata - 1984-85;
103 - Pravin Amre - South Africa - Durban - 1992-93;
131 - Sourav Ganguly - England - Lord's - 1996;
105 - Virender Sehwag - South Africa - Bloemfontein - 2001-02;
120 - Suresh Raina - Sri Lanka - Colombo - 2010-11;
187 - Shikhar Dhawan - Australia - Mohali - 2012-13;
177 - Rohit Sharma - West Indies - Kolkata - 2103-14;
134 - Prithvi Shaw - West Indies - Rajkot - 2018-19;
105 - Shreyas Iyer - New Zealand - Kanpur - 2021-22.