Scoring a Test match century is indeed a massive achievement. Batsmen have to display the vigil and determination for hours and hours to get to that elusive three-figure mark. Moreover, it is never easy since the red cherry swings demonically when it is hard and new and under favourable conditions, it is challenging ten-fold.
But how about the batsmen scoring twin centuries in the same Test? That is undoubtedly a metronomic achievement, especially since the second hundred comes in the latter part of the innings when the pitch becomes challenging to bat on. Yet, there exists plenty of instances when batsmen have reached that feat, including Indians on seven occasions.
We take a look at seven instances when Indian batsmen scored two centuries in the same Test:
Vijay Hazare – 116 & 145 vs Australia
Vijay Hazare’s international career spanned 30 Tests only; however, he made it count entirely. The 30 Tests yielded a tally of 2192 runs with seven centuries at a healthy average of 47.65. The twin centuries of Hazare came in India’s first-ever tour of Australia in 1947-48 at the Adelaide Oval. Even though both the hundreds resulted in a losing cause and an innings defeat, they remain unforgettable.
In reply to Australia’s 674, Vijay Hazare’s 116 and Dattu’s Phadkar’s 123 guided them to a respectable 381. Despite that, the hosts enforced the follow-on, which ushered India to bat again. The Maharashtra-born batsman scored a valiant 145 as his side was bowled out for 277, losing by an innings and 16 runs.