Shikhar Dhawan scores fastest Test ton on debut

Shikhar Dhawan scores the fastest hundred by any batsman on Test debut off 85 balls.

Records tumbled in Mohali as opener Shikhar Dhawan led India’s superb response to Australia’s first innings of 408 in the third Test.

Shikhar Dhawan scores the fastest hundred by any batsman on Test debutThe left-hander’s boundary-laden onslaught captured the crowd’s attention even more than his distinctive handlebar moustache as he took just 85 balls to reach three figures.

It was the fastest recorded century on Test debut, beating the 93-ball mark set by the West Indies’ Dwayne Smith against South Africa in 2004.

By the time Dhawan closed on 185 he had made the highest ever score by an Indian debutant, beating Gundappa Viswanath’s 137 back in 1969, while he and Murali Vijay, whose unbeaten 83 went almost unheralded, set a record opening partnership on this ground.

A stumps score of 283 without loss served to overshadow the morning heroics of Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who was dismissed one run short of a deserved hundred, and Steve Smith (92).

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