It’s always an honour for any player to represent his country at international level, but to score a century in the very first game is a very special feeling for anyone. Let’s look at some recent players to achieve this feat :
- K.L. Rahul (India)
This the recent performance in the yesterday’s game. Rahul got his first call to play in blue colours against the Zimbabwe team. He continued his IPL form and showed his masterclass coming as an opener. It was never easy to accomplish the task chasing a mere 169, but he made it look so easy once he got set and finally hit a six when the team required just 2 runs (he was playing on 94 then). He now becomes the first Indian to do so in the history of ODI cricket.
2. Mark Chapman (Hong Kong)
However it was a minnows encounter between Hong Kong and UAE in November last year, but making a record is equally important for any individual. Mark smacked a 124 not out in his first ever ODI to help his team win against UAE at their own venue in Dubai. He is the only batsman to hit a debut ton with a strike rate of above 100 after Desmond Haynes of West Indies.
3. Michael Lumb (England)
Michael Lumb is an English cricketer born in South Africa who had a very short career of 3 ODIs and just 27 T20Is. He was called for the ODI series between England and West Indies which was the only series he played in English colours. In the very first match, he scored 106 runs on 28th Feb 2014 in West Indies. However, England lost the match.
4. Phillip Hughes (Australia)
Late Phillip Hughes was a fine, promising and emerging talent for Australia until he was hit by a bouncer on his neck during a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney which led to his demise. He was an opening batsman for Australia who registered his maiden ODI ton on his debut against Sri Lanka in Melbourne, Australia. He scored 112 runs and helped his team win the match. He was the first Australian to do so.
5. Rob Nicol (New Zealand)
Rob is a New Zealand cricketer who currently captains Auckland team. He has played only 22 ODIs for his team. Rob did manage to mark his place in the Hall of Fame list by scoring a magnificent century on his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in Oct 2011. He played an unbeaten 108 to defeat the opponent on their own soil.
Some other players who have accomplished the same in ODIs are Colin Ingram (South Africa), Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Saleem Elahi (Pakistan), Andy Flower (Zimbabwe), Desmond Haynes (West Indies) and Dennis Amiss (England).