IND v ENG: Keaton Jennings enters history books

Keaton Jennings becomes first England batsman to score century in debut innings against India.

Keaton Jennings is the 19th English batsman to have scored a century in his debut match.   -  K. R. Deepak

Keaton Jennings on Thursday became the first English batsman to score a century in his debut innings in India when he reached his hundred against India on the first day of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He is also the first English cricketer to score a century against India (home or away) in his debut innings.

Century in debut innings:



Player

Year

Not Out

Runs

4s

6s

WG Grace

1880

0

152

12

0

George Gunn

1907

0

119

20

0

Billy Griffith

1948

0

140

15

0

Matt Prior

2007

1

126

19

0

Keaton Jennings

2016

0

112

13

0

Jennings is the 19th English batsman to have scored a century in his debut match. The last English batsman to have scored a century in debut innings is Matt Prior when he hit 126 against West Indies at Lord's in 2007.

Jennings is the 19th batsman to have scored a century in his debut match. The list includes WG Grace, KS Ranjitshinji, Nawab of Pataudi Sr., Jonathan Trott, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Graham Thrope, Peter May, etc.

Century on career debut:



Player

Year

Runs

WG Grace

1880

152

KS Ranjitsinhji

1896

154

Sir Pelham Warner

1899

132

Tip Foster

1903

287

George Gunn

1907

119

Nawab of Pataudi Sr.

1932

102

Bryan Valentine

1933

136

Paul Gibb

1938

106

Billy Griffith

1948

140

Peter May

1951

138

Arthur Milton

1958

104

John Hampshire

1969

107

Frank Hayes

1973

106

Graham Thorpe

1993

114

Andrew Strauss

2004

112

Alastair Cook

2006

104

Matt Prior

2007

126

Jonathan Trott

2009

119

Keaton Jennings

2016

112

He became the latest South African-born English cricketer to score a ton on their international Test debut. Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior both made centuries in their first outings while Jonathan Trott reached three figures in the second innings of his Test debut.

Jennings, whose mother is English, moved to England in 2011 after leaving school, committing himself to four years there so he could become eligible to play for the national side.

Jennings, whose father Ray played for South Africa during the apartheid era and is a former Proteas coaach, decided to switch allegiance to further his career in a similar move to Kevin Pietersen in the early 2000s. Players who were born abroad are eligible to play for England after spending four years in English county cricket, a policy that has attracted controversy in some quarters.

Jennings's father, Ray, was also the coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side — Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

(With inputs from agencies)