Indian cricket has always been blessed with incredibly gifted batsmen over the years. From Dilip Sardesai, Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar to Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and now Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, the list goes on and on and on.
India has thus far played 542 Tests in which the batsman has scored a total of 258229 runs racked up including 517 hundreds- the third-most by any team in history. Indian batsmen have a penchant towards scoring hundreds and not only hundreds, daddy hundreds. But, who is the youngest to score a Test hundred for India? Also Read- Cricket Facts And Stories That Beggar Belief But Are True
Here’s a look at youngest Indian batsman to score Test hundred:
Madhav Apte- 20 years, 137 days
Madhav Apte’s cricketing career is one of those tragic unsolved mysteries in Indian cricket that the more you read about it, the more you get dumbfounded. Apte, an opening batsman blessed with an array of strokes in his armoury, stormed into the limelight during the 1951-52 Ranji Trophy season when he stroked a brilliant century on debut against Saurashtra. With him scoring heaps of runs in the first two seasons of his domestic career, a national call-up soon arrives for Madhav Apte when he was picked for two Tests against Pakistan.
He scored 30, 10* and 42, thereby earning a place in the Indian touring party for the five Test series against the West Indies. Apte had his finest moment during the Port of Spain Test where he racked up a brilliant 163 not-out to help India draw the Test. At 20 years and 137 days, he became the youngest Indian to score a Test hundred. With a tally of 460 runs at an average of 51.11- second only to Polly Umrigar- any cricketer would think that he had done enough to cement a permanent place in the set-up. Apte never played for India again. Why? As he said during an interview with ESPNCricinfo ”that is an unsolved mystery”