Amazing Cricket Facts

ACF 5: Mohammad Azharuddin holds the World Record of 3 Consecutive Centuries in First Three Tests

Here we bring in a new, untold, and rare cricket fact about Mohammad Azharuddin holding a world record in a special way.

Mohammad Azharuddin entered the Test arena like a king. The Hyderabadi hit a brilliant 110 against England in his debut Test in Kolkata. In his second test, he smashed a score of 105. Still, it was not enough for him.

Azharuddin completed his third consecutive Test century in the whites on February 1, 1985. In that inning, he amassed 122 runs. Azharuddin scored three centuries on debut, making him the only person in test cricket history to have done so.

RunsMinsBallsOppositionGroundDate
110443322EnglandEden Gardens31-Dec-84
105279218EnglandChennai13-Jan-85
122375270EnglandKanpur31-Jan-85
3 consecutive hundreds of Azharuddin in the first 3 Tests

Except for Azharuddin, no batsman in more than 14 decades of Test cricket has achieved three centuries on debut (three consecutive centuries in his first three Tests).

Azharuddin represented India in 99 Test matches, scoring 6,215 runs at an average of 45.03. In 334 One-day internationals (ODIs), he scored 9,378 runs at an average of 36.92. He is part of an elite list of Indian batters with the most centuries across formats, as he scored 22 Test and 7 ODI centuries in his career.

Azharuddin was a good leader in addition to his batting and fielding abilities. He guided India to numerous triumphs in Test and One Day International cricket and is recognised for his inventive strategies and cool leadership under duress.

Most Consecutive Hundreds in Test Matches

Few batters in Test cricket history have achieved the amazing accomplishment of scoring the most consecutive hundreds. This outstanding display of consistency and expertise demonstrates their ability to demolish opposing bowlers across numerous bouts.

Such an accomplishment displays not only their great talent but also their mental fortitude and desire to constantly perform at the highest level. These players have engraved their names into cricket history, making an indelible mark on the game’s heritage. 

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Here is the list of the most consecutive hundreds in Test matches (not on debut):

Players TeamMatchesYears
Donald BradmanAustralia61937-38
Jacques KallisSouth Africa52003-04
Mohammad YousufPakistan52006
Gautam GambhirIndia52009-10
Donald BradmanAustralia41929-30
Donald BradmanAustralia41931-32
Jack FingletonAustralia41936
Everton WeekesWest Indies41948
Neil HarveyAustralia41949-50
Clyde WalcottWest Indies41954-55
Ken BarringtonEngland41961
Ken BarringtonEngland41967-68
Sunil GavaskarIndia41977
Matthew HaydenAustralia42001-02
Rahul DravidIndia42002
Matthew HaydenAustralia42005
Jacques KallisSouth Africa42007
Kumar SangakkaraSri Lanka42007
Sachin TendulkarIndia42010
Steve SmithAustralia42014-15
Most consecutive Test centuries

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