Scoring a century on international debut is every aspiring cricketer’s most cherished dream. A player puts those hard yards in at the domestic arena to make the requisite cut among the other deserving candidates. Once that happens, life takes a drastic turn for that player, who matures through his experiences and becomes the torch-bearer for his country. A number of cricketers have scored centuries on debut and later went onto become the pillar of strength for their respective nation. The cricketing fraternity looks up to them in high regards and believes they could achieve anything and everything throughout their career. This article throws light on some of these debutants who made it big in their maiden international stint. In the below piece, we look at 5 such players who scored the most number of runs in their debut ODI fixture:
1. Desmond Haynes – 148
This quality Windies batter of yesteryears achieved the feat during the 1st ODI of Australia’s tour of West Indies, 1978 at Antigua. The host nation, who batted first posted 313-9 in their 50 overs on the back of a wonderful knock of 148 runs by Haynes. Jeff Thomson was the pick of the bowler for the Australians with figures of 4-67.
Having set a revised target of 226 in 36 overs, the Aussies could only manage 181-7 in their allotted quota of overs, losing the contest by a convincing margin of 44 runs. Joel Garner was the chief destroyer for the Windies with figures of 3-29, stamping his undeniable quality in-home conditions.
2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz – 127
This rising talent from Afghanistan made it to the list very recently after his impressive showing in the 1st ODI against Ireland at Abu Dhabi in 2021. The Afghans while batting first posted a competitive 287-9 on the board, owing to a run-a-ball 127 by Gurbaz and a fiery 55 off 30 balls by Rashid Khan.
Given the Afghanistan bowling might, Ireland were expected to offer little resilience and surrender under pressure. Hapless, it didn’t turn out to be one as the game got pretty close with Ireland managing 271-9 in their 50 overs, losing the nerve-wracker by just 16 runs. Naveen-ul-Haq was the star with the ball for the Afghans with figures of 3-68.
3. Colin Ingram – 124
This hard-hitting southpaw from South Africa achieved the landmark against neighbours Zimbabwe during the 1st ODI at Bloemfontein in 2010. Batting first, the Africans posted a massive 351-6 on the board, courtesy of an excellent innings of 124 off 126 balls by debutant Ingram. Shingirai Masakadza was the only positive for the bowling side during that innings, picking 4 for 86.
The game was anticipated to finish very quickly, but the Zimbabweans put up a fight with experienced campaigner Brendon Taylor leading the way for them with an incredible 145 off 136 balls, helping them reach 287-6 in their 50 overs, going down in the contest by 64 runs. Medium-pacer Rusty Theron worked his magic for South Africa with figures of 3-62.
4. Mark Chapman – 124
This former Hong Kong cricketer, who now plies his trade for New Zealand, achieved the milestone while playing for his former team. Chapman scored this gritty century during the 14th game of the ICC World Cricket League Championship, 2015-2017 against the UAE at Dubai. Hong Kong who were batting first, managed 298-4 on the back of a resplendent knock of 124 off 116 balls by Chapman.
In reply, UAE were bowled out for 209, bestowing their opposition a win by 89 runs. Shaiman Anwar top-scored for the UAE with an attractive 76 off 64 balls while Anshuman Rath shined with the ball for the opposition with figures of 3-22, playing a crucial role in reducing UAE to the total they managed. Chapman, now is more than settled in the Kiwi outfit and is an integral part of the limited-overs set-up, doing his best to ensure that the ‘Blackcaps’ win the coveted ICC titles that have eluded them for so long.
5. Martin Guptill – 122
A fierce striker of the cricket ball, Guptill struck this momentous ton against the Windies during the 4th ODI at Auckland in 2009. The tall opener slammed a fluent knock of 122 to help the Kiwis reach 275-4 while batting first. Lionel Baker did the job for the visitors with a spell of 2-29, playing a huge role in restricting the hosts below 300.
The game, however, had no winner to show as rain halted the proceedings when the Windies were 64-0 in 10.3 overs, chasing 235 in 40 overs, and already reduced version of the original action. It was a no result but established Guptill at the big stage who later became the mainstay for the side at the top of the order in limited-overs formats.