Cricket has been a game of passion , power and prestige globally .Players just work hard and put all their dedication to the game . It’s a fact that Cricket is a game of patience and over the years, the traditional format has turned from being all about the bowlers to the breezing shots knocked by the batsmen.
However, scoring off big numbers in the five-day-long is still a big accomplishment for a batsman and it’s actually a remarkable achievement , when they hit a century in the very first game of the Test career. It becomes even more special when players begin and end their Test careers with a hundred stick at the footnote. However, there have been only five cricketers who have scored a century on their debut and farewell game of an extended version of the game.
Let’s have a look at those batsmen who achieved this great milestone of a beautiful century at the beginning and in the end.
# 5 Alastair Cook (ENG): 2006-2018
Alastair Cook is one of the best batsman of England . He has made many super runs which has lead victory to the team .
Cook entered in the Test cricket with a composed knock of 104 runs against India in the year 2006. Throughout his cricketing career, the Southpaw had registered all his best shots against the Indian cricket team. Cook marked his highest score of 294 runs against India at Birmingham in 2011.
Known for his ‘daddy hundreds’ in the game, Cook has made a record of 33 hundreds, five double hundreds and 57 half-centuries from 161 Test games and finally retired with a memorable ton against India in 2018.
The Player of the Match compiled 147 runs in England’s total of 423 in the second innings of the victorious 5th match of the series. Entering with a bang, Cook signed off his Test career with the record of posting a hundred in both his debut and farewell Test fixtures which once again was recorded against India.
2. Mohammad Azharuddin (IND): 1984-2000
Mohammad Azharuddin is one of the talented player and former Indian skipper . He is the 4th elite batsman to have post a hundred each in his debut and farewell Test. He made three consecutive centuries in the first three Tests of his cricket career.
He made his debut in test cricket in 1984, Azhar scored his maiden hundred against England at Eden Gardens. The power-jammed match was drawn, but the budding Indian batter was at the front pages of every sports edition on the following day. He played for the Indian team for more than a decade and exactly 14 years . Azharuddin posted a total of 22 hundreds in 147 Test innings. He ended his Test career with another brilliant knock of 102 runs in the 2nd innings in the game against South Africa in 2000. India lost the Test by a margin of an innings and 71 runs.
# 3 Greg Chappell (AUS): 1971-1984
The Cricketer -turned-coach Greg Chappell , was one of the finest former Australian cricketer , who played role-model type performances in the game. He gave his first Test appearance in 1971 against England at Perth. Chappell marked off his entry with a stunning 108 as he thrashed the English bowlers.
From there he went on to feature for Australia in 151 Test innings in his decade-plus cricket career. Chappell accumulated total 7110 runs at an average of 53.86 that were studded with 24 centuries and 31 fifties.
He played his last Test in the year 1984 , against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. He ended his extravagant innings with a total of 182. Australia won the match by ten wickets as Chappell became the only third batsman to compose hundred in both the debut and the last Test.
# 2 Bills Ponsford (AUS): 1924-1934
The second one also goes to the stunning Australian Cricketer Bill Ponsford, who is the striking Australian opener . He has always proved to be the ace player of his team and accumulated massive popularity in the First-class game. Ponsford got the opportunity to play in the international game in 1924 against England at Sydney. He made many records on home ground and mark in the Test cricket with a striking hundred in his first International fixture. He scored 110 against England as he opened for Australia.
Ponsford went on to play 29 Tests, and an accumulated total of 2122 runs at an average of 48.22. In his decade long Test career, he bagged total seven centuries and six half-centuries. Ponsford secured his career-best runs in the final game of his cricket career.He pulled off a mammoth of 266 runs in the final series against England in 1934. Ponsford became the only second batsman to have scored off a hundred in both his debut and farewell Test.
# 1 Reginald Duff (AUS): 1902-1905
The Australia cricketer Reggie Duff made his debut in 1902 at Melbourne along with Warwick Armstrong in the match against England . He became the first ever cricketer to make a great score of 104 runs while batting at the number 10.
After that, Duff played in 22 Tests from 1902 to 1905 and scored total 1317 runs from 40 innings at the average of 35.59. However, after his first ton in the debut game, he bagged the second hundred in the last Test of his cricketing career. He played his multi-day format at Kennington Oval in 1905 and compiled his career-best of 146. In his short career of just 4 years, he hit 6 half centuries. He was the first-ever batsman in the records to have entered with a hundred and sign off with another ton in his farewell game.