Kevin O’Brien has become the fourth man in the history to score a hundred on country’s debut Test and the first to do it in the second innings.
O’Brien first became the first Irishman to score a Test fifty. He brought up his hundred in 186 balls against Pakistan on the fourth day at Malahide, becoming the first Irish man to score a century as well.
O’Brien is currently unbeaten on 118* runs off 216 balls with 12 boundaries as Ireland finish the day on 319/7 after being enforced to follow-on by tourists Pakistan.
Charles Bannerman, Dave Houghton and Animul Islam Bulbul were the previous men who scored centuries in their country’s inaugural Test. O’Brien needs another 47 runs to beat Bannerman’s 165, which is the highest in inaugural Tests.
Bannerman, Houghton and Bulbul scored hundreds in the first innings whereas in O’Brien’s case, he has done it on follow-on.
Players who scored first hundreds for their teams in Tests:
WG Grace (England) 152 vs Australia, The Oval, 1880
Jimmy Sinclair (South Africa) 106 vs England, Cape Town, 1899
Clifford Roach (Windies) 122 vs England, Bridgetown, 1930
Stewie Dempster (New Zealand) 136 vs England, Wellington, 1930
Lala Amarnath (India) 133 vs England, Bombay Gymkhana, 1933
Nazar Mohammad (Pakistan) 124* vs India, Lucknow, 1952
Sidath Wettimuny (Sri Lanka) 157 vs Pakistan, Faisalabad, 1982
*Dave Houghton (Zimbabwe) 121 vs India, Harare, 1992
*Aminul Islam Bulbul (Bangladesh) 145 vs India, Dhaka, 2000
*Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) 118* vs Pakistan, Malahide, 2018
* indicates country’s debut Test
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com