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Watching a test match is a real treat for cricket lovers, but when a batsman scores a century, it gives more pleasure to the viewers because the batter works very hard to score a century. Some batters took a long time in their career to reach their hundred, and some even couldn’t score a test match century in their whole test career. There are some players who get the feat in the very early days of their career, and here in this article we have the elite list of players who bagged a test match century at a very young age.
Top 10 Youngest Players to Score a Century in a Test
|v Sri Lanka
|6 Sep 2001
|8 Feb 1961
|9 Aug 1990
|v West Indies
|27 Jul 2001
|v West Indies
|18 May 2000
|v Sri Lanka
|5 Mar 1982
|v West Indies
|4 Oct 2018
|28 Jan 1999
|v New Zealand
|9 Apr 1965
|v New Zealand
|21 Nov 1996
Mohammad Ashraful (17 Years and 61 Days)
The former Bangladeshi skipper is the first player on our elite list because he made history when he scored a brilliant test century in his debut at just 17 years and 61 days to become the youngest player to score a test century by surpassing Mushtaq Mohammad. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka during his debut match in Colombo on September 6, 2001. With this feat, he also became the first Bangladeshi player to score a century on a test debut. He was picked as player of the match, but Bangladesh lost the match, but Mohammad Ashraful won the hearts of the cricketing world. Later, he also led the team for 13 tests and 13 ODIs. He played a total of 61 test matches and accumulated 2737 runs at an average of 24.2 alongside six centuries.
Mushtaq Mohammad (17 Years and 78 Days)
The former Pakistani batter Mushtaq Mohammad is the second player on our list; before Mohammad Ashraful surpassed him as the youngest player to score a century, he was the youngest player to score a century in test format. He made his test debut at just 15 years old and marked the highlights by becoming the youngest player in the history of cricket to feature in the ultimate format of the game. Later, when he was 17 years and 78 days old, he scored his first century (101) against India in Delhi on February 8, 1961. Later, he developed himself as one of the finest batters in test cricket for Pakistan and scored 3646 runs in just 57 matches with 10 centuries.
Sachin Tendulkar (17 Years and 107 Days)
The god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, also joined the list when he scored his first test century when he was just 17 years and 107 days old. The Indian legend notched up this hundred in really tough conditions in Manchester against England on August 9, 1990, just one year after his debut in international cricket at the age of 16 years old, to become the youngest Indian to play at international level. Later, he ended his career as the best batsman ever produced in cricket and bagged a total of 100 centuries across formats with 34347 international runs.
Hamilton Masakadza (17 Years and 352 Days)
Hamilton Masakadza is the fourth player to score a century in test cricket at such a young age. The former skipper of Zimbabwe scored 119 runs against the West Indies on his home soil. He scored this hundred when he was just 17 years and 352 days old. Later, he became a major thing for his team, leading them to many victories and also being the skipper of the side. Overall, in his career, he played 38 test matches and scored 2223 runs with 5 tons.
Imran Nazir (18 years and 154 Days)
Imran Nazir achieved this feat in just his second Test match, despite having played only eight Test matches. His remarkable innings of 131 runs from 180 balls came at a crucial moment for Pakistan, as they were trailing by 145 runs against the West Indies. Despite the pressure, Nazir showed no fear, hitting 20 fours during his 261-minute inning. This century, scored when he was just 18 years and 154 days old, places him among the youngest centurions in the game.
Saleem Malik (18 Years and 323 Days)
In 1982, during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi, Saleem Malik scored an impressive unbeaten 100 runs in the second innings. Pakistan decided to declare the innings closed at 301/4 as soon as Malik reached his century. Sri Lanka needed to chase 354 runs to win but could only manage 149, leading to Pakistan’s victory by a significant margin of 204 runs. Malik had a successful career with 103 Test matches and 15 Test centuries. However, despite his achievements, he became famous for being one of the first international cricketers banned for match-fixing around the beginning of the 21st century.
Prithvi Shaw (18 Years and 329 Days)
After a successful run in the U-19 World Cup, the destructive opener featured in the IPL, and after producing brilliant performances, he was fitted into a test match against the West Indies, and he scored 135 runs in his debut test match at just 18 years and 329 days, the second youngest after Sachin Tendulkar. He led India to a dominating victory over the West Indies; later on, his fitness and form kept him out of the team. Hopefully, he can make a comeback and continue his dominance with the bat.
Shahid Afridi (18 Years and 333 Days)
The popular player, Afridi, gained fame early in his career. He scored 141 runs in a crucial match against India in 1999. Pakistan won by 12 runs in a nail-biter at Chennai. Afridi hit 21 boundaries and three sixes, marking his first Test century. He was bowled out by Venkatesh Prasad after batting for 305 minutes. This performance made him known internationally when he was just 18 years old. He also made so many records at the international level and captained the side for a long time. He is also regarded as one of the greatest six-hitters of all time.
Mohammad Ilyas (19 Years and 21 Days)
During a cricket match in 1965 against New Zealand in Karachi, Mohammad Ilyas, a Pakistani batsman, made his only century in his short career of 10 Test matches. He scored 126 runs in the game. He hit this century in the second part of the match while Pakistan was trying to chase a score of 202 to win. Pakistan ended up winning the Test match by eight wickets.
Mohammad Wasim (19 Years and 105 Days)
Another Pakistani player on our elite list, Mohammad Wasim, achieved the feat against New Zealand in Lahore on November 21, 1996. He made a duck in his very first test inning, but later he joined the elite list of players to score a century at such a young age. His inconsistency kept him out of the team, and he could only play 18 test matches for Pakistan and only score 783 runs at an average of 30.11.