Afghanistan cricketer Rahmat Shah became the first-ever Afghanistan batsman to score a Test century on Thursday, notching as many as 102 runs off 187 balls. He struck 10 fours and 2 sixes in his valiant knock, putting his team to a good position on Day 1 of the first Test.
Rahmat Shah has been a mainstay in Afghanistan’s limited over’s cricket team. The right-handed batsman has scored 2255 runs in 70 One-Day Internationals, including four centuries and 15 half-centuries. Playing only his second Test match, the Afghanistan cricketer struck his maiden Test century in red-ball cricket and thereby becoming the first-ever Afghanistan cricketer to do so.
The 26-year old cricketer scored runs all over the ground, with the most of the runs coming from the square of the wicket. He took as many as 40 singles, apart from 10 fours and 2 sixes he struck in his knock on Thursday.
In his previous Test match, Rahmat Shah missed on a Test century by only two runs. Playing against Ireland in the second innings, he made 98 and 76 in first and second innings respectively.
Interestingly, Rahmat Shah also became the first Afghanistan cricketer to bag an ODI 5-fer for Afghanistan. He achieved the feat against UAE, picking as many as 5 wickets for 32 runs.
Meanwhile, Rashid Khan becomes the youngest captain to lead a side in Test cricket. At 20 years and 350 days, Rashid beat the previous record held by Tatenda Taibu by only 8 days.
Afghanistan have posted 259/5 in 90 overs on Day1, with Asghar Afghan and Afsar Zazai unbeaten at 80 and 31 respectively. Both teams are playing spin heavy teams with Bangladesh opted for as many as five spinners.
“When we play in England and Australia, they play 4 seamers and no spinner. Do we criticize about that? So I don’t think there is anything to be worried about this. I don’t think about these matters at all. We will try to win this match, and for that if we have to play two or three seamers, we will, or if we have to play with one, we will” Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan said ahead of the first test.
Following is the list of first centurions for each team in Tests:
- Aus: Charles Bannerman
- Eng: WG Grace
- SA: Jimmy Sinclair
- WI: Clifford Roach
- NZ: Stewie Dempster
- Ind: Lala Amarnath
- Pak: Nazar Mohammad
- SL: Sidath Wettimuny
- Zim: Dave Houghton
- Ban: Aminul Islam
- Ire: Kevin O’Brien
- Afg: Rahmat Shah