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Dhawan joins Bradman with century before lunch on Day 1

June 14, 2018 13:39 IST

Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan celebrates after completing his century on Day 1. Photograph: BCCI

Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian player to score a century in Test cricket before lunch on the opening day, joining an esteemed list of former cricketers, including the legendary Don Bradman.


The explosive Indian opener hammered 19 fours and three sixes as he reached his century in 91 balls on the opening day of the historic India-Afghanistan Test match at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, on Thursday.

 

Overall, he is the sixth player in the world to score a century before lunch.

Last year, Australia's dashing opener David Warner scored 100 not out before lunch against Pakistan.

The other five players who achieved this milestone in the past are Victor Trumper (103 not out before lunch) against England in 1902, Charlie Macartney (112 not out) against England in 1926, Bradman (105 not out) against England in 1930, Majid Khan (108 not out) against New Zealand in 1976.

Before Dhawan, the previous record for best score for India in the first session was held by Virender Sehwag, who had scored 99 runs in St Lucia against West Indies in 2006.

This is Dhawan's seventh Test century in 30 matches.

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