Video clip: Abul Hasan century on Test Debut
It was the second Test in 2012 between Bangladesh and West Indies, and the first ever Test match played at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. It was the Test debut for Abul Hasan, who was primarily picked as a fast bowler.
When he came on to bat at No. 10, there was not much expectation from him. The Tigers were precariously placed at 193/8, and all fans hoped was that he would be able to survive against a fuming Fidel Edwards and hand the strike to Mahmudullah, the established batsman as much as possible. However, things turned the other way as Abul Hasan began batting like a specialist batsman, and cut Permaul to the point boundary. Several pulls, drives, cuts and sweeps followed, as he brought up his fifty with a lofted six over the long off boundary.
He was dropped at short leg by Powell, though, when he was on 40; but he was mostly getting to time the ball perfectly and played shots into the gaps. By his style of batting, it seemed that he was the proper batsman and Mahmudullah played the anchor role perfectly, feeding him most of the strike.
At the fag end of the day, he brought his hundred off just 103 deliveries, and at the end of day, he had stitched an unbeaten stand of 172 runs with Mahmudullah, a record for the 9th wicket for Bangladesh. His hundred was the second ever hundred on Test debut batting at No. 10 in Test history.
The next day, he was dismissed for 113, and Bangladesh ultimately lost the match by 10 wickets. Nevertheless. it was a great innings, though his career hasn’t taken off that much since then.