Shikhar Dhawan joins a Rare Club after Ton against Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s hopes to spin a miracle in their first ever test took a serious blow as Indian openers thrash them to all the parts of the park. The pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay added 168 runs for the opening stand on the first day, a record at Chinnaswamy Stadium before Shikhar Dhawan got out on 107.

Shikhar Dhawan aka Gabbar managed to join the elite club with his innings of 107 runs. He became only the first Indian batsman and the sixth batsman overall to score the century before the lunch of the 1st day of the test match. In his 96 balls innings, the opener hit 3 sixes and 19 boundaries.

Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian to score the century before the lunch of the test match. (image source: Hindustantimes.com via AFP)

Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian to reach the milestone



With the innings of 107 runs, he became only the first Indian and the sixth batsman overall to reach the century before the lunch of the 1st day of the test match. Apart from him, it is his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate David Warner who made to the list after a gap of 40 years. David Warner scored the century against England in Sydney during the Ashes series which Australia won 4-0.

Apart from Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, the club was unchanged since 1976 when Majid Khan of Pakistan scored 108 not out against New Zealand in Karachi before lunch. Majid Khan was the latest entrant in 1976 after a gap of 46 years. Before Majid Khan, it was late Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman who scored 105 not out against England at Leeds in 1930.

Before Sir Donald Bradman, Australia’s Victor Trumper and Charles Macartney were the only entrants to the club. While Victor Trumper became the first batsman when he scored 103 not out against England at Manchester in 1902, Charles Macartney scored 112 not out against England in 1926.

India has dominated the whole sessions of the India Afghanistan test before the rain halted the progress. After the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan on 107, KL Rahul joined opener Murali Vijay and the pair has already added 80 runs for the second wicket. India are currently on 248 runs with the loss of 1 wicket.

 



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