List: Batters with 2 50-plus Scores on Debut in Test

Making a debut in international cricket is always a momentous occasion in a player’s career, and more so in the Test format. Getting a chance to don the whites and make an immediate mark is every player’s dream.

However, a few players grab the opportunity with both hands and put on significant runs on board in their debut match. Some batters hammer centuries, while others score fifties to kickstart their Test career in style.

Here, in this article, we’ll list the batters with 2 50-plus scores in both innings in their debut Test match.

Batters with 2 50+ Scores in Both Innings on Test Debut

PlayerInns 1Inns 2AgainstVenueDate
KS Ranjitsinhji (ENG)62154*AustraliaManchester16 Jul 1896
George Gunn (ENG)11974AustraliaSydney13 Dec 1907
Herbie Collins (AUS)70104EnglandSydney17 Dec 1920
Bruce Mitchell (SA)8861*EnglandBirmingham15 Jun 1929
Frank de Caires (WI)8070EnglandBridgetown11 Jan 1930
Jackie Grant (WI)53*71*AustraliaAdelaide12 Dec 1930
Dilawar Hussain (IND)5957EnglandEden Gardens5 Jan 1934
Merv Wallace (NZ)5256EnglandLord’s26 Jun 1937
Paul Gibb (ENG)93106South AfricaJohannesburg24 Dec 1938
Cyril Poole (ENG)5569*IndiaEden Gardens30 Dec 1951
Noel Harford (NZ)9364PakistanLahore26 Oct 1955
Peter Richardson (ENG)8173AustraliaNottingham7 Jun 1956
Graham Dowling (NZ)7458South AfricaJohannesburg26 Dec 1961
Bryan Davis (WI)5458AustraliaPort of Spain26 Mar 1965
Clive Lloyd (WI)8278*IndiaBrabourne13 Dec 1966
Sunil Gavaskar (IND)6567*West IndiesPort of Spain6 Mar 1971
Lawrence Rowe (WI)214100*New ZealandKingston16 Feb 1972
Tony Greig (ENG)5762AustraliaManchester8 Jun 1972
Rodney Redmond (NZ)10756PakistanAuckland16 Feb 1973
Gordon Greenidge (WI)93107IndiaBengaluru22 Nov 1974
Peter Toohey (AUS)8257IndiaBrisbane2 Dec 1977
Rick Darling (AUS)6556IndiaAdelaide28 Jan 1978
Sew Shivnarine (WI)5363AustraliaGeorgetown31 Mar 1978
Bruce Laird (AUS)9275West IndiesBrisbane1 Dec 1979
Azhar Mahmood (PAK)128*50*South AfricaRawalpindi6 Oct 1997
Javed Omar (BAN)6285*ZimbabweBulawayo19 Apr 2001
Lou Vincent (NZ)10454AustraliaPerth30 Nov 2001
Scott Styris (NZ)10769*West IndiesSt George’s28 Jun 2002
Yasir Hameed (PAK) 170105BangladeshKarachi20 Aug 2003
Andrew Strauss (ENG)11283New ZealandLord’s20 May 2004
Kevin Pietersen (ENG)5764*AustraliaLord’s21 Jul 2005
Alastair Cook (ENG)60104*IndiaNagpur1 Mar 2006
Tamim Iqbal (BAN) 5384New ZealandDunedin4 Jan 2008
Umar Akmal (PAK)12975New ZealandDunedin24 Nov 2009
Dinesh Chandimal (SL)5854South AfricaDurban26 Dec 2011
Faf du Plessis (SA)78110*AustraliaAdelaide22 Nov 2012
Moises Henriques (AUS)6881*IndiaChennai22 Feb 2013
Kusal Perera (SL)5570IndiaColombo (SSC)28 Aug 2015
Fakhar Zaman (PAK)9466AustraliaAbu Dhabi 16 Oct 2018
Shreyas Iyer (IND)10565New ZealandKanpur25 Nov 2021
Abdullah Shafique (PAK)5273BangladeshChattogram26 Nov 2021
Harry Tector (IRE)5056BangladeshMirpur4 Apr 2023
Sarfaraz Khan (IND)6268*EnglandRajkot15 Feb 2024

Key Insights

1: KS Ranjitsinhji became the first batter to smash 2 50-plus scores in both innings on Test debut. Ranji, after whom India’s premier First-Class competition is named, represented England in Tests. 

2: West Indies’ Lawrence Rowe and Pakistan’s Yasir Hameed are the only 2 batters to hammer centuries in both innings in the debut Test match.

Rowe brought up 214 in the 1st innings and followed that up with an unbeaten 100 against New Zealand in 1972. Hameed emulated Rowe’s feat after 31 years in 2003 against Bangladesh, scoring 170 and 105 in 2 innings.

314: Rowe’s aggregate of both innings — 314 runs — is the highest number of runs scored by a batter in a debut Test match.

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16: Among the batters listed above, over 16 notched up at least 1 century in their debut Test, along with a half-century. Ranjitsinhji was the first batter to get a fifty in one innings and a century in another on Test debut.

2: Jackie Grant (53* and 71*) and Azhar Mahmood (128* and 50*) are the only 2 batters to remain not out after making 50-plus scores in both innings on Test debut.

1: Grant is the only batter to score 50-plus knocks in both innings while captaining his side on Test debut. He was the captain of the West Indies in his debut Test against Australia in 1930.

3: Thus far, Dilawar Hussain (India), Dinesh Chandimal, and Kusal Perera (both from Sri Lanka) are the only 3 designated wicketkeeper batters to have scored 2 50-plus knocks on debut.

Coincidentally, Hussain and Chandimal were the first players from their respective teams to bring up 2 50-plus scores in both innings on Test debut.

7: Only 5 batters have notched up 50-plus scores in both innings while coming to bat at No. 7 or lower position. The batters are Sew Shivnarine, Mahmood, Chandimal, Moises Henriques, and Perera.

774: Sunil Gavaskar started his Test career with 65 and 67* in his debut Test match and went on to garner a whopping 774 runs in his debut Test series in 1971. Gavaskar’s tally of runs is the highest by a batter in a debut Test series.

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