When Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik made history
On May 26, 2007, four top order Indian batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Karthik - scored a hundred each in an innings against Bangladesh, making it the first such instance in Test history.Updated: May 27, 2018 14:42 IST
May 26 holds a special place in the history of cricket in general and Indian cricket in particular.
On this day in 2007, four top order Indian cricket team batsmen — Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar — scored hundreds together in a Test innings to create history.
These centuries came in the second and final match of a Two-Test series between India and the Bangladesh cricket team at Dhaka, making it the first instance of Nos 1 to 4 crossing three figures in a single innings of a Test.
With the first Test at Chittagong ending in a draw, this match was the series decider. Bangladesh won the toss and asked India to bat first.
From there on, nothing went in the favour of the home side as India’s opening duo of Jaffer and Karthik batted with composure and took the team’s total past 100 without any hiccup.
With India’s scores reading 175/0, Karthik walked off the field, retired hurt due to the extreme heat condition of Dhaka, but Jaffer continued in the company of Dravid and reached his hundred.
Heat eventually took a toll on Jaffer as well forcing him to go off the field after compiling a brilliant 138. The incoming batsman was master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
Dravid and Tendulkar negotiated the remaining period of the day’s play as India finished at 326/0 on Day One.
On the second day, both Dravid and Tendulkar sent the home bowlers on a leather hunt, completing their respective centuries.
Dravid was the first Indian batsman to be dismissed after scoring an elegant 129. Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 122.
Karthik, who had got retired hurt on Day One, returned to reach three-figure as well before getting dismissed for 129. Riding on a stellar show from their top order batsmen, India declared their first innings at 610/3.
Bangladesh, in reply, could muster only scores of 118 and 253 in their two innings as the visitors walked away with a massive an innings and 239-run win to clinch the series 1-0.
Zaheer Khan, who claimed seven wickets in the game, was named man-of-the-match.