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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kirk Edwards and Centuries on debut

On close of day 4 of  the rain affected 3rd Test, Indians are perched on a position where they can hope of forcing a win.  A lead of 81 with last four does provide great hope, if only there is no further interruption by bad light and rain.

WI made 204 in first essay, India made 347 with Dhoni making a half century after a long time.  WI are 224 for 6 with debutant Kirk Edwards making fluent 110.
Often there is a comment that Indians allow ordinary players to turn into heroes and people would shine easily against India.  This is an emotional statement rather than anything factual.  True Edwards made a century on debut but there have been 91 earlier to him on that list – of which there are 12 Indians and another 12 scored against India, long from 1933. 

The partnership of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kirk Edwards put on 161 for the fourth wicket displaying West Indies’ resistance.  Edwards innings was edgy but he survived to reach the significant  landmark.   Harbhajan eventually got Edwards. 


Photo of Edwards from cricinfo.com
Here is the list of Indians who made century on debut
Player
Runs
Opposition
Ground
Match Date
118
v England
15-Dec-33
110
v Pakistan
12-Dec-52
100*
v New Zealand
19-Nov-55
112
v England
23-Jul-59
105
v England
8-Feb-64
137
v Australia
15-Nov-69
124
v New Zealand
24-Jan-76
110
v England
31-Dec-84
103
v South Africa
13-Nov-92
131
v England
20-Jun-96
105
v South Africa
3-Nov-01
120
v Sri Lanka
26-Jul-10
 And those who made it against India
Player
Runs
Team
Ground
Match Date
136
England
15-Dec-33
115
West Indies
21-Jan-53
105
New Zealand
5-Mar-65
107
West Indies
22-Nov-74
121
Zimbabwe
18-Oct-92
145
Bangladesh
10-Nov-00
103*
Sri Lanka
29-Aug-01
151
Australia
6-Oct-04
104*
England
1-Mar-06
100
South Africa
14-Feb-10
131
New Zealand
4-Nov-10
110
West Indies
6-Jul-11

With regards
S. Sampathkumar.

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