Abid Ali makes history by joining the list of players with consecutive centuries in their first two Tests

Pakistani opener Abid Ali has created history by joining the elite club of batsmen who have hit hundreds in consecutive matches in his first two Tests on the third day of the second match against Sri Lanka in Karachi on Saturday.

The 32-year-old made his second century as a follow up to his 109 in the drawn first Test in Rawalpindi — his debut Test. He had created history in that Test too, by becoming the first batsman ever to score hundreds on both Test and one-day debuts.

Abid had scored 112 in his first one-day international, against Australia in Dubai earlier this year. He has become the ninth batsmen and first Pakistani in the history of Test cricket to score consecutive hundreds in their first two Tests. Memorably, Mohammad Azharuddin had scored three hundreds in his first three Tests after making his debut against England at home in December 1984.

“I know deep in my heart that my time would come after I was ignored for the past several series. I’m not one of those guys who complain. I had never grumbled upon being ignored.” Abid told reporters after his first century in Rawalpindi.

“Allah has been extremely kind to me every time I faced challenging moments. I had patience and a self-belief that I’ll prove what I am capable of. All along in my career, I strove to work as hard as anyone else. This is an age of competition and if I fail to live up to the team’s expectations you won’t find me complaining,” he added.

He further requested the media to not compare him with any former opening batsman of Pakistan. “Look I am just an ordinary player and I can’t match those greats. Please let me be Abid Ali and see me as Abid Ali only.”

Here is the list of batsmen who scored two hundreds in their first two Tests –

William Ponsford, Doug Walters and Greg Blewett of Australia
Sourav Ganguly and Rohit Sharma of India
Alvin Kallicharran of the West Indies and Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand.




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