4 Foreign Players who Never Scored a Test Century on Indian Soil

Published - 09 Jun 2018, 04:09 PM

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle was among the few great players who never scored a hundred on Indian soil in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Scoring runs in the subcontinent hasn’t been a cup of tea for foreign batsmen. Several great players have a pretty regular record in India.

Players outside the subcontinent have found India one of the toughest touring countries. India has been utterly dominant in the home over the years, and their recent resurgent in the longest format is a testimony of their dominance especially in home conditions. They are currently the No 1 side in the ICC Test Rankings.

Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting had a horrendous time in India. He was the most successful skipper for Australia. However, under his tenure, Australia never managed to win a Test in India.

However, his solitary Test century during the 2008 tour of India saved him from the blushes of not scoring a century in India. However, four great batsmen haven’t scored a century in time in India.

Without wasting further time let us have a look at those four players

 Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle was among the few great players who never scored a hundred on Indian soil in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Known as the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle is definitely one of the modern-day greatest. His record in the T20’s is quite exceptional.

He is regarded as a legend of that format. However, the southpaw has a pretty impressive record in red ball cricket too. He is one among those four players to have scored two triple centuries in Test cricket. The other three are Sir Don Bradman, Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara.

Despite his impressive record in the match-fixing allegations and the team management marred the team format, Gayle never managed to hit a century on Indian soil. He had toured India twice in his career, once in 2002 and other time in 2013. He had played just five Tests in India scoring 257 runs at a pretty ordinary average of 28. The swashbuckling batsman highest score in India is 88.  

Justin Langer

The stylish left-handed batsman was one of the finest openers for Australia in Tests.

Along with Mathew Hayden, the duo forged a formidable partnership at the top of the order. Despite his success in Test cricket, Langer never enjoyed playing in India.

The southpaw toured India twice in 2001 and 2004. In seven Tests, he managed to score 389 runs at a below-par average of 29. He had scored three fifties in India but never managed to hit a century. He was never accustomed to the spin-friendly conditions in India and never had a great time there.

Despite scoring 23 Test hundreds, Langer never managed one in India. His Test career spanned more than a decade. Despite his poor time in India, he took his revenge Down Under when he smashed a sensational 223 against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground way back in 2000.

Graeme Smith

Smith is regarded as one of the finest captains of all time. He led South Africa to several memorable victories. He has a terrific record as a batsman too.

Opening the batting, Smith scored 9265 Test runs at an average of 48. He was never a stylish batsman but always made the runs which were the most important thing.

He took over the duties of South Africa during a shambolic situation. It was when the team was marred by match-fixing allegations and the team management wanted someone as the skipper who hadn’t been in the scheme of things during the infamous fixing which broke out in 2000. As a batsman, Smith had toured India thrice.

However, he had never managed to get used to the conditions and have been a bunny of Zaheer Khan. The left-arm seamer had got him on quite a few occasions. Despite Smith’s prolific record in Test cricket, he never managed a century in India.

Brian Lara

This name will certainly surprise you. A very few would have known of this record, but Lara never managed to hit a century in India.

He is touted as one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game. On his day, Lara could play those long innings. He holds the record for the highest individual score in Test score with an unbeaten 400 against England in 2004.

However, Lara might rue this fact that he never managed to score a century in Indian conditions. It is surely something he would ponder upon. He played three Tests on Indian soli scoring just 198 runs at an average of 33.

His highest score was 91 in 1994. Despite Windies touring India several times after that, Lara never toured India due to some reason or the other.

Lara finished his Test career as the leading-run scorer in Test cricket. It was Sachin Tendulkar who broke his record against Australia in Mohali. Lara has scored 11,953 runs in his Test career at an average of 52. His Test career studded with 34 centuries behind his name.