On Friday, Australian Phillip Hughes became the latest batsman in international cricket to hit a century on his one-day debut. With the feat, Hughes became the eighth batsman to do so, but the first from Australia. His memorable knock of 112 against Sri Lanka at Melbourne came off 129 balls and was studded with 14 fours. Thanks to Hughes’ innings, the Aussies went on to put up 305 on board, and with assistance from bowlers went on to win the game by 107 runs. A look at other debut tons in ODIs and the result of those games.
Dennis Amiss: This was only the second ODI in the history of the game, which saw the Englishman create history. Batting first at Old Trafford on August 24, 1972, Australia made 222 for 8 in 55 overs, a healthy score in those days. In reply, Amiss, opening the innings with Geoff Boycott, scored 103 off 134 balls, with the help of nine fours and England defeated Australia by 6 wickets and 35 balls to spare.
Desmond Haynes: It took another six years before another batsman made a debut ton in ODIs. Batting first at Antigua on February 22, 1978, West Indies’ new opener Haynes blasted 148 in 136 balls against Australia, an innings punctuated with 16 fours and two sixes. West Indies posted a massive 313 for 9 on the board and went on to easily win the match by 44 runs (target revised).
Andy Flower: No one registered a hundred on one-day debut in the 1980’s. Even more surprisingly, it was a Zimbabwean who became the first to do so in the 90’s. Batting first against Sri Lanka at New Plymouth on February 23, 1992, Zimbabwe put up 312 for 4 on the board. Left-handed Flower made a sublime 115 not out off 152 balls with eight fours and one six. Lanka however managed to sneak home by three wickets in a close encounter. Arjuna Ranatunga contributed an unbeaten 88 off 61 deliveries.
Salim Elahi: The former Pakistan opener made 102 not out in his first match, at Gujranwala against Sri Lanka on September 29, 1995 as Pakistan won the match by a handsome 9-wicket margin. Batting first, Lanka made 233 in 50 overs, but it wasn’t enough to stop Pakistan as Elahi went on a rampage in a knock that featured seven fours and a six.
Martin Guptill: On January 10, 2009 the New Zealand opener registered a score of 122 not out batting first against West Indies at Eden Park, Auckland. His knock comprised eight fours and two sixes and came off 135 balls. The Kiwis posted 275 for 4 on the board, but heavy rain forced the game to be abandoned.
Colin Ingram: The South African batsman became the seventh player to score a ton on ODI debut. He did this en route to his 124 against Zimbabwe on October 15, 2010 at Bloemfontein. The knock came off 126 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Batting first, the Proteas made 351 for 6 and went on to win the game by 64 runs.
Rob Nicol: Prior to Hughes ton, this New Zealander was the last international batsman to register a ton on ODI debut. He did this against Zimbabwe at Harare on October 20, 2011. New Zealand were chasing a target of 232 and got Nicol’s unbeaten 108 off 131 balls led Kiwis to an eight-wicket win. The knock included 11 fours.
--By A Cricket Analyst