Shikhar Dhawan first Indian to hit Test century before lunch on Day 1

Shikhar Dhawan first Indian to hit Test century before lunch on Day 1

Shikhar Dhawan

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan made history after becoming 12th nation to become a Test team on June 14 but India's Shikhar Dhawan stole the limelight with a record-breaking ton on Day 1 of the contest in Bengaluru. His 87-ball century was the first by an Indian batsman in the first session of a Test as he became the sixth batsman overall to do so in the history of the longest format. India opted to bat first as Afghanistan got a taste of Test cricket and the hosts they gave them a reality check, sprinting to 158/0 in 27 overs when the lunch break was taken. Dhawan was out in the second over after the break but not before he crushing the Afghanistan attack, scoring 107 off 96 deliveries with seven boundaries and a six. Before Dhawan, Virender Sehwag came close to becoming the first Indian to score scoring a hundred before lunch when he blasted 99 off 75 on the first day of the 2nd Test against West Indies at St Lucia in June 2006. It was Dhawan's seventh century overall as he gave India a blistering start against Afghanistan in the one-off Test. The last batsman to hit a ton before lunch was Australia opener David Warner, against Pakistan in 2017. Here's the list of batsmen to have hit a Test hundred before lunch • Victor Trumper (Australia) - vs England in Manchester (1902) • Charlie Macartney (Australia) - vs England in Leeds (1921) • Don Bradman (Australia) - vs England in Leeds (1930) • Majid Khan (Pakistan) - vs New Zealand in Karachi (1976) • David Warner (Australia) - vs Pakistan in Sydney (2017) • Shikhar Dhawan (India) - vs Afghanistan in Bengaluru (2018)

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