Test cricket is the hardest and toughest arena for any cricketer. For batsmen, this is where the most technical application and concentration are required. Making good in your very first inning is a great achievement, and we have been blessed to see some great debut performances in the past decade alone.
A lot of people speculated that test cricket might be dying out with the introduction and more promotion of white ball cricket, but recently it has been making a comeback in popularity amongst all kinds of cricket fans. As we get ready for the WTC Final, New Zealand and England have locked horns in a 2 match series which saw the fantastic debut of Devon Conway. Let’s start there!
1. Devon Conway – 200 (347) VS England (2021)
After immigrating from South Africa to New Zealand to advance his cricketing career, Devon Conway has been accumulating experience and skill in the local circuits. Lately for New Zealand in white ball cricket he has been making a lot of noise as well. But his test debut is something that is going to be remembered for a long time.
Right at the cusp of the WTC final, Conway announced himself as a solid opening batsman, a role he has not fulfilled even in domestic cricket. The 29 year old smashed an impressive double against an England with both Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in their home conditions. He looked pretty impressive throughout the inning without any flaws or misplays.
2. Kyle Mayers – 210* (310) VS Bangladesh (2021)
This is another inning that came from this year only. Kyle Mayer’s double hundred at a square turning track against experienced Bangladesh spinners in the best of their element is said to be one of the best 4th inning batting effort of all time.
Chasing down a steep 395 in very difficult batting conditions against experienced bowlers is no easy task anywhere. Add to that, West Indies were 59-3 when Kyle Mayers and fellow debutant Nkrumah Bonner came to the crease and made a partnership of 216 runs that eventually led to the victory.
3. Shikhar Dhawan – 187 (174) VS Australia (2013)
With 33 fours and 2 sixes, Dhawan’s debut test inning versus a visiting Australia is till date the fastest century by a test debutant. Replacing a stalwart opener like Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan made an impact in the red ball game immediately. It is harrowing to see that he couldn’t keep his position in the test team in the years to come, but this inning is etched in the memory of every Indian fan.
Chasing down a 400 plus score in the second innings, India crushed the Australian bowling attack with a magnificent opening partnership between Dhawan and Murli Vijay. India went on to win the match comfortably after that, chasing down a small 135 in the second innings.