Ajinkya Rahane today joined an elite list of Indian players who scored centuries in both innings. Rahane scored hundred in both innings at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi which is achieved by only four other Indian batsmen. Rahane becomes the first India batsman to score hundred in both innings against South Africa at India’s fortress Feroz Shah Kotla. 

Rahane scored 127 in the first innings which helped India to score 334 after a big collapse. In the second innings, India was 57 for 4 Rahane joined Virat Kohli and built a 154 run partnership. Their partnership helped India to get 480 runs lead over South Africa.

Rahane with his second innings hundred joined the elite list of Indian cricketers- Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, who have scored in both innings.

Rahane has become the second Indian cricketer to score a century double in this decade. Rahul Dravid in 2005 scored 190 and 135 against Pakistan at Eden Gardens against Pakistan. India has won the match by 195 runs.

Last year in December India’s stand-in captain Virat Kohli scored hundred in both innings at Adelaide Oval against Australia. But, his hundred has gone in vain as India lost the match by 48 runs.

Last year in December India’s stand-in captain Virat Kohli scored hundred in both innings at Adelaide Oval against Australia. But, his hundred has gone in vain as India lost the match by 48 runs.

Kohli scored 115 in the first innings and 141 in the second. Australia have set a 363 runs target for India. Kohli led India on the brink of victory. But, Nathan Lyon derailed India’s chase as he Virat played a lofted shot which was caught by Chris Rogers at deep mid wicket region.  When Kohli got out India were 304 for 7. India’s last three wickets fall for jus 11 runs.

Now, it is expected that Rahane’s innings will not go in vain as South Africa slumped for 121 in the first innings and there is no country in sub-continent who after putting a 400 plus lead on the board lost the match. Only Bangladesh have the record of losing match after giving 413 runs lead in the Dhaka Test lost the match to Sri Lanka.

 

 

However, in India’s 83 old Test cricket history Vijay Hazare was the first batsman to score century double. Coincidentally, Hazare was the first Indian to achieve the feat at Adelaide Oval before Kohli did it in 2014. In both innings, Kohli failed to surpass Hazare’s record of 116 and 145. Like Virat Kohli’s dual hundred went in vain Hazare’s name was also written on the lost team’s rank as Australia defeated India by an innings and 16 runs.

The second Indian batsman to achieve the record was India’s best ever opener Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar is the only Indian batsman and second in the world to score centuries in both innings.  Ricky Ponting is the second batsmen after Gavaskar to score a century in both innings thrice in his career. Gavaskar did it for the first time against West Indies in 1971 at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain. Gavaskar scored 124 in the first innings and 220 in the second innings. The match was drawn.

Gavaskar did his second and third century double in two consecutive matches. In 1978 at Karachi National Stadium, Gavaskar did it against Pakistan but India lost the match 8 wickets. The third time when Gavaskar scored hundred in both innings in December 1978 against West Indies at Eden Gardens. The match was drawn.

Nevertheless, Rahane’s 6th Test hundred will always be a special memorabilia in his career.

Here is the list of hundred by Indian batsmen in each innings of a Test match

Name

Ist Innings

2nd innings

Opponent

Venue

Year

Vijay Hazare

116

145

Australia

Adelaide

1948

Sunil Gavaskar

124

220

West Indies

Port of Spain

1971

Sunil Gavaskar

111

137

Pakistan

Karchi

1978

Sunil Gavaskar

107

182*

West Indies

Kolkata

1979

Rahul Dravid

190

103*

New Zealand

Hamilton

1999

Rahul Dravid

110

135

Pakistan

Kolkata

2005

Virat Kohli

115

141

Australia

Adelaide

2014

Ajinkya Rahane

127

100*

South Africa

Delhi

2015



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