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Abid Ali makes history by becoming first male cricketer to score centuries in Test and ODI debuts

Abid Ali, who became the first Pakistani batsman to score a hundred after 19 years at the Rawalpindi stadium, had got a debut ODI hundred in March this year against Australia.

By: Sports Desk | Published: December 15, 2019 8:51:45 pm
Abid Ali celebrates after completing his century. (Source: AP Photo)

Abid Ali became the first batsman in history to score centuries on both Test and ODI debuts in Pakistan’s first home match in red-ball cricket in a decade against Sri Lanka, which ended in a tame draw in Rawalpindi on Sunday.

Ali reached his hundred in 267 minutes after hitting 11 boundaries, and finished the match on an unbeaten 109 from 201 balls. The 32-year-old brought up his hundred after hitting Sri Lanka’s Vishwa Fernando for a boundary and two when he was on 95 on the last day of the first Test of the series.

“What can I say? What more can one ask for. Getting a century in my debut Test and that too in the first Test in Pakistan in 10 years is a magic moment for me,” Abid said after the rain-hit first Test ended in a draw at the Rawalpindi stadium.

“I want to dedicate this hundred to my darling daughter. I also thank my wife, my family, the media and the team management for supporting and encouraging me all the time. Playing in front of my home crowd which backed me from the first ball made the task easier for me,” he said.

England women’s team all-rounder Enid Bakewell was the first cricketer (male or female) to score centuries on both ODI and Test debuts.

The 32-year-old Abid, who has been a prolific scorer in domestic cricket since last year, got his first breakthrough when he was picked to play against Australia in the ODI series in the UAE early this year.

He got an ODI hundred on debut in Dubai in March this year against Australia but after that series suffered heartbreak when he was not picked for any of the Tests in South Africa and also did not get into the World Cup squad.

Abid, who also became the first Pakistani batsman to score a hundred after 19 years at the Rawalpindi stadium, admitted he was feeling nervous and there was tension for him when he reached his nineties.

“But Babar (Azam) calmed me down and told me to focus as I should not get out after coming so close to my milestone. I learnt about the record of scoring hundreds on debut in Test and ODIs during the tea break and it made me nervous,” he said.

Abid started the new domestic first-class season in September with an unbeaten 249 for Sindh against Baluchistan at the UBL complex prompting his selection for the ODI series against Sri Lanka and then the tour to Australia.

(with PTI inputs)

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