Rohit is fifth in history to achieve rare feat

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 11:07 hrs

Rohit Sharma brought up his second Test century by lofting Marlon Samuels over long-on for six at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

This followed his spectacular 177 on Test debut at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata last week.

With these back to back tons, Rohit has become only the fifth man in Test history to hit centuries in his first two innings.

Of the other four, two notched up a century in each innings of their maiden Test.

Lawrence Rowe is still the only batsman to score a double century and century (214 and 100 not out) on debut against New Zealand in 1971-72.

Yasir Hameed also bagged a ton in each innings (170 and 105) on debut albeit against minnows Bangladesh in Karachi in 2003. 

The rest include West Indian Alvin Kallicharan and India's own Sourav Ganguly.

Kalli made 100 and 101 not out in successive Tests against New Zealand in 1971-72. This was in fact the same series in which Rowe achieved the feat.

The Prince of Kolkata began his Test career with a bang, smacking the English bowlers all over Lord's and Trent Bridge in 1996, with scores of 131 and 136.

Incidentally, Mohd Azharuddin narrowly missed the feat despite racking up centuries in his first three Tests.

His sequence of scores against England in 1984-85 was 110, 48, 105, 122 and 54 not out.

Close but no cigar!

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