Top 10: Youngest Double Centurions in Test Cricket

Any Test cricketer would want at least a century against his name, and a batter would consider it one of their most treasured personal achievements in the game. Converting them into a big score, or daddy hundreds, as one would call it, is an art in itself. This shows the batter’s penchant for scoring big runs and occupying the crease for a longer period of time.

These are the basic qualities of a batter, along with the technique and skills required to succeed at the biggest stage of cricket, that is Tests. Big runs mean scoring a double century, which more or less puts the team in the ascendency, and this is what a team will look for in an individual.

Some have shown their mettle in making high scores at a fairly young age, as we will see the top 10 young double centurions in Test cricket in this piece.

Youngest Double Centurions in Test Cricket

PlayerScore (Balls)AgainstVenueAge (start of the match)Match Date
Javed Miandad (PAK)206 (-)New ZealandKarachi19y 140d30 Oct 1976
George Headley (WI)223 (385)England Kingston20y 308d3 Apr 1930
Vinod Kambli (IND)224 (411)England Wankhede21y 32d19 Feb 1993
Gary Sobers (WI)365 (-)PakistanKingston21y 213d26 Feb 1958
Graeme Smith (SA)200 (287)BangladeshEast London21y 259d18 Oct 2002
Mahela Jayawardene (SL)242 (465)IndiaColombo (SSC)21y 273d24 Feb 1999
Sunil Gavaskar (IND)220 (-)West IndiesPort of Spain21y 277d13 Apr 1971
Kraigg Brathwaite (WI)212 (447)BangladeshKingstown21y 278d5 Sep 2014
Don Bradman (AUS)254 (376)England Lord’s21y 304d27 Jun 1930
Jacques Rudolph (SA)222* (383)BangladeshChattogram21y 355d24 Apr 2003

Key Stats

3: Number of 200-plus scores amassed by Sir Don Bradman in Test cricket before turning 22. One of them is mentioned here, and it came at the age of 21 years and 304 days in the 1930/31 Ashes in England. While the other two 200+ scores (334 and 232) also came in the same series at Leeds and the Oval, respectively. In all, he scored 12 double tons — the most by any player — in the red-ball format.

2: India’s Vinod Kambli is the other batter to have scored more than 1 double century in Tests before turning 22. He scored 224 and 227 in successive Tests at one point in the 1993 Indian home season.

19y 140d: Javed Miandad is the only cricketer to have scored a Test double ton before turning 20. The Pakistani legend was only 19 when he made 206 against New Zealand in Karachi in 1976. This was the first of his six double centuries in Test cricket.

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365: This is the best score for any batsman who has made his first double century. Gary Sobers converted his maiden double hundred into a triple century, scoring a massive 365* against Pakistan at Kingston, and he surpassed the great Len Hutton in the process. Hutton had made 364 for England in the 1938 Ashes game against England at the Oval, aged 22 years and 58 days.

1: Jacques Rudolph scored his maiden Test double century (222*), making him the 10th youngest Test double-centurion, and he achieved this in his debut Test innings against Bangladesh.

7: Mahela Jayawardene scored 7 double tons (4th most overall), and his first came at the age of 21 years and 273 days. Likewise, Graeme Smith of South Africa has 5 and Gavaskar has 4 double centuries in their respective Test careers.

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