India are currently playing the first of the two-match Test series against New Zealand in Kanpur. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer got the opportunity to make his debut in Test cricket. The Indian cricketer made full use of the opportunity and went on to score a century in his first outing in Test Cricket. He got out after scoring 105 off 171 deliveries, helping the team reach a competitive total of 345 runs in the first innings.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time when an Indian cricketer has scored a century in his debut Test. Shreyas Iyer is, in fact, the 16th Indian cricketer to score a century in his debut Test. Of those, 10 batsmen have scored in the home series. In this article, we take a look at those 10 Indian batsmen who have scored a century in home Tests:
10 Indian Batsmen Who Scored A Century On Debut For India In Home Tests
Lala Amarnath: 118 against England
For those of you who don’t know, Lala Amarnath was the first Indian cricketer to score a century in his debut Test. England toured India in 1933 for a three-match Test series. Lala Amarnath made his Test debut in the first Test of the series. The home team was bowled out for 219 runs in the first innings and England replied with 438 runs in the second innings.
India’s second innings saw Lala Amarnath play an outstanding knock of 118 runs, including 21 boundaries. Interestingly, this was the only century he made during his Test cricket career. He aggregated 878 runs at an average of 24.38. In first-class cricket, however, he scored 463 wickets.