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List of players who hit a debut century for India in Tests

Scoring a century in Test cricket is never easy.

Piling up runs in Test cricket is considered the ultimate challenge compared to the other formats. For the record, the red ball used in the traditional format tends to swing a lot more compared to the white ball that is used in limited-overs cricket. The batsman needs to assess the conditions before going about his work to get the desirable results.

Moreover, the longest format puts greater physical and mental ultimatum on players compared to ODIs and T20Is. In order to survive in Test cricket, a batsman requires focus, patience and endurance. Besides that, the batsman must adapt to changing conditions over several days. As a result, dictating the terms and achieving a milestone can be really demanding.

Players with a debut century for India in Test cricket

Case in point, scoring a century in Test cricket is not that easy for a debutant. He needs to withstand long spells of concentration and should also tackle pressure situations and make decisions accordingly. India have always been a nation that has produced batsmen of high calibre. There were several batters who went on to dominate the proceedings and score a century for India on their Test debut.

Notably, Lala Amarnath was the first Indian batter to score a hundred on his Test debut. He achieved the feat against England at the Gymkhana Ground (Azad Maidan) in Mumbai in 1933. He ended up scoring a memorable 118. On the other hand, Abbas Ali Baig became the first Indian cricketer to hit an overseas century on his Test debut. He chipped in with 112 against England at Manchester in 1959.

Prithvi Shaw shot to fame after he became the youngest batsman to score a Test ton for India in 2018. He achieved the feat against West Indies cricket at the age of 18 years and 329 days old. Shikhar Dhawan scored the fastest century on his Test debut as he achieved the feat off just 93 balls against Australia in 2013. Yashasvi Jaiswal who made his Test debut against the West Indies scored a century.

Player RunsOppositionVenueYear
Lala Amarnath118EnglandMumbaiDecember 1933
Deepak Shodhan110PakistanKolkataDecember 1952
AG Kripal Singh100*New ZealandHyderabad (Deccan)November 1955
Abbas Ali Baig112EnglandManchester July 1959
Hanumant Singh105England DelhiFebruary 1964
Gundappa Visvanath137AustraliaKanpurNovember 1969
Surinder Amarnath124New ZealandAucklandJanuary 1976
Mohammad Azharuddin110EnglandKolkataDecember 1984
Pravin Amre103 South AfricaDurbanNovember 1992
Sourav Ganguly131EnglandLord’sJune 1996
Virender Sehwag105South AfricaBloemfonteinNovember 2001
Suresh Raina120Sri LankaColomboJuly 2010
Shikhar Dhawan187AustraliaMohaliMarch 2013
Rohit Sharma177West Indies KolkataNovember 2013
Prithvi Shaw134 West Indies RajkotOctober 2018
Shreyas Iyer 105New Zealand KanpurNovember 2021
Yashasvi Jaiswal 143*West IndiesRoseau, DominicaJuly 2023

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