First appearance hundreds against exact three specific oppositons – CA Pujara joins the elite list

CA Pujara’s 135 not out at the end of the second day in the ongoing third and final test at Col-SSC between Sri Lanka and India provide his first appearance hundred against Sri Lanka, He had also scored first appearance hundreds against New Zealand {159 at Hyderabad-RGS in 2012} and against England {206 not out at Motera in 2012-13}. Thus as of now he has scored first appearance hundreds against three specific oppositions. He became the 12th batsman to score first appearance hundreds against exact three specific oppositions which are tabulated below

FIRST APPEARANCE HUNDREDS AGAINST THREE SPECIFIC OPPOSITIONS
No No Player Team FI SI Oppn Ground Season  
1 1 Collingwood PD Eng 134* 36* Ind Nagpur 2005 06
  2 Collingwood PD Eng 111 34 Win Lord’s 2007    
  3 Collingwood PD Eng 145 3 Ban Chittagong 2009 10
                   
2 1 Compton DCS Eng 102 dnb Aus Trent Bridge 1938    
  2 Compton DCS Eng 120 dnb Win Lord’s 1939    
  3 Compton DCS Eng 65 163 RSA Trent Bridge 1947    
                   
3 1 Crawley JP Eng 112 7 Zim Bulawayo 1996 97
  2 Crawley JP Eng 156* 14 Srl The Oval 1998    
  3 Crawley JP Eng 64 100* Ind Lord’s 2002    
                   
4 1 Gavaskar SM Ind 119 14 NZl Wankhede 1976 77
  2 Gavaskar SM Ind 3 113 Aus Brisbane 1977 78
  3 Gavaskar SM Ind 155 4* Srl Chepauk 1982 83
                   
5 1 McMillan CD NZl 0 142 Srl Col-RPS 1997 98
  2 McMillan CD NZl 139 dnb Zim Wellington 1997 95
  3 McMillan CD NZl 106 DNB Ban Hamilton 2001 02
                   
6 1 Pietersen KP Eng 158 DNB Srl Lord’s 2006    
  2 Pietersen KP Eng 26 109 Win Lord’s 2007    
  3 Pietersen KP Eng 152 DNB RSA Lord’s 2008    
                   
7 1 Samaraweera TT Srl 103* DNB Ind Col-SSC 2001 02
  2 Samaraweera TT Srl 123* dnb Zim Col-SSC 2001 02
  3 Samaraweera TT Srl 159 20 NZl Galle 2009    
                   
8 1 Sehwag V Ind 105 31 RSA Bloemfontein 2001 02
  2 Sehwag V Ind 147 dnb Win Wankhede 2002 03
  3 Sehwag V Ind 309 DNB Pak Multan (CS) 2003 04
                   
9 1 Wessels KC Aus 162 46 Eng Brisbane 1982 83
  2 Wessels KC Aus 141 DNB Srl Kandy 1982 83
  3 Wessels KC RSA 118 32 Ind Kingsmead 1992 93
                   
10 1 Waugh SR Aus 164 1 RSA Adelaide 1993 94
  2 Waugh SR Aus 151* dnb Zim Harare 1999 00
  3 Waugh SR Aus 100* DNB Ban Darwin 2003    
                   
11 1 Zaheer Abbas Pak 274 DNB Eng Edgbaston 1971    
  2 Zaheer Abbas Pak 176 96 Ind Faisalabad 1978 79
  3 Zaheer Abbas Pak 134 DNB Srl Lahore 1981 82
                   
12 1 Pujara CA Ind 159 DNB NZl Hyd-RGS 2012    
  2 Pujara CA Ind 206* 41* Eng Motera 2012 13
  3 Pujara CA Ind 135*   Srl Col-SSC 2015  

CA Pujara’s 135 not out at the end of the second day in the ongoing third and final test at Col-SSC between Sri Lanka and India provide his first appearance hundred against Sri Lanka, He had also scored first appearance hundreds against New Zealand {159 at Hyderabad-RGS in 2012} and against England {206 not out at Motera in 2012-13}. Thus as of now he has scored first appearance hundreds against three specific oppositions. He became the third Indian batsman to score first appearance hundreds against exact three specific oppositions after SM Gavaskar and V Sehwag.  The following table lists the performance of these three batsmen

FIRST APPEARANCE HUNDREDS AGAINST THREE SPECIFIC OPPOSITIONS – INDIAN BATSMEN
No No Player Team FI SI Oppn Ground Season  
1 1 Gavaskar SM Ind 119 14 NZl Wankhede 1976 77
  2 Gavaskar SM Ind 3 113 Aus Brisbane 1977 78
  3 Gavaskar SM Ind 155 4* Srl Chepauk 1982 83
                   
2 1 Sehwag V Ind 105 31 RSA Bloemfontein 2001 02
  2 Sehwag V Ind 147 dnb Win Wankhede 2002 03
  3 Sehwag V Ind 309 DNB Pak Multan (CS) 2003 04
                   
3 1 Pujara CA Ind 159 DNB NZl Hyd-RGS 2012    
  2 Pujara CA Ind 206* 41* Eng Motera 2012 13
  3 Pujara CA Ind 135*   Srl Col-SSC 2015  
                   

 

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