Scoring a century in Test cricket is already reaching a milestone but getting three-figures in consecutive Test innings is a meritorious achievement. The batsman has to toil hard with patience and resilience and face the demonic quick bowling to register that feat. Test cricket asks that temperament to play the most extended format of the game and cricketers have cherished this format.
However, with the introduction of the shorter format, the players have changed their approach towards their Test format. In past years, this format has witnessed more explosive batsmen who irrespective to format like to hit the ball from the first ball.
We take a look at seven instances when Indian cricketers scored two centuries in the same Test:
Vijay Hazare – 116 & 145 vs Australia
The late Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare captained Indian in 14 Tests and played in 30 Test matches but the highlight of his career was when he scored centuries in each innings against Australia in the Test series. He earned great respect after that innings.
In the Adelaide Test, while chasing Australia’s 674, Vijay Hazare scored 116 runs and stitched partnership with Dattu Phadkar, who scored 123, and guided them to a respectable 381 in first innings. Australia forced a follow on and Hazare again registered a century but he failed to get the team across the line as the host won the match by an innings and 16 runs. Nevertheless, centuries registered in consecutive innings by him etched his name in India’s history.
And for his contribution, India’s 50-over format domestic tournament was named after him.