Dhawan joins Bradman, Warner in elite list
Shikhar Dhawan has become only the sixth batsman to score a hundred before lunch on Day 1 of a Test match. The left-hander became the first Indian to do so in the one-off historic Test against Afghanistan at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Afghanistan made their Test debut in this Test. India, led by Ajinkya Rahane opted to bat first with openers Dhawan and Murali Vijay kickstarting the innings.
Dhawan made Afghan bowlers helpless as he reached to his fifty in 47 balls. He made mockery of spin twins Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman with the bat. He hit his IPL-mate Rashid for three boundaries in his first over in Test cricket.
Dhawan rushed to his seventh Test century in 87 balls, his second-fastest. He hit Rashid for two fours on the last two balls of the 26th over to create history in this historic match. India went to lunch at 158/0 in 27 overs. The centurion is on 104* from 91 balls. He hit 19 fours and 3 sixes till now. Vijay is unbeaten on 72-ball 41.
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Australia’s Victor Trumper was the first man to score a hundred in the first session in the first day of a Test match. Charlie Macartney and Donald Bradman joined the elite list later. Since Bradman in 1930, Pakistan’s Majid Khan achieved the feat after nearly four decades. Yet another four decades later, David Warner smashed a hundred before lunch on the first day.
Victor Trumper (103*) – Australia vs England, Manchester, 1902
Charlie Macartney (112*) – Australia vs England, Leeds, 1926
Donald Bradman (105*) – Australia vs England, Leeds, 1930
Majid Khan (108*) – Pakistan vs New Zealand, Karachi, 1976
David Warner (100*) – Australia vs Pakistan, Sydney, 2017
Shikhar Dhawan (104*) – India vs Afghanistan, Bengaluru, 2018