September 8 2001: Mohammad Ashraful becomes youngest batsman to score a Test century

Ashraful broke the record of former Pakistan batsman Mushtaq Mohammad by 17 days having scored the century at the age of 17 years 61 days.

cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2018 15:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Test cricket is not only the longest format of the game, but also the toughest. Any batsman will tell you that scoring runs in Test cricket really tests your mettle.

Given experienced batsmen find it hard to score runs after years of practice and honing their skills, imagine how tough it would be for a teenager to score a century, on his debut no less.

Having made is One day International cricket debut for Bangladesh in April 2001, Mohammad Ashraful made his Test debut in September against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo and little did anyone know what the talented teenager had up his sleeve.

Ashraful gave a glimpse of his talent in the first innings of the match, top scoring with 26 as the Tigers were bowled out for 90. Trailing by 465, the 17-year old walked in with his team 81/4 in the second innings and went on to become the youngest batsman to score a Test century. Ashraful made 114 as his team was bowled out for 328, losing the match by an innings and 137 runs.

Ashraful broke the record of former Pakistan batsman Mushtaq Mohammad by 17 days having scored the century at the age of 17 years 61 days. Third on the list of the youngest to score Test centuries is India’s very own Sachin Tendulkar who scored his first century against England at Manchester at the age of 17 years 107 days.

For his brilliant performance Mohammad Ashraful was also named the player of the match.

This is what then Bangladesh coach Trevor Chappell had to say about the innings,

“His determination, commitment and attention to detail would put a mature and an established person to shame. The manner he concentrates on his batting made me believe that the lad is destined to have a long cricketing journey.”

The middle-order batsman later went on to captain his country in all forms of cricket.

Patchy form and off-field controversies like slapping a fan and admitting to spot-fixing in Bangladesh Premier League matches though brought his career to a premature end.

Ashraful played 61 Tests 177 ODIs and 23 T20Is for Bangladesh. His last international match was a One Day International against Zimbabwe in May 2013.

First Published: Sep 08, 2018 11:35 IST