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Raina ninth Indian to score century in debut innings

Last updated on: July 29, 2010 15:25 IST

Suresh RainaSuresh Raina became the ninth Indian batsman to score a hundred in the first innings of his debut Test. He joins 11 others who scored centuries on their Test debut.

Raina, who replaced Yuvraj Singh in the team, drove a length ball, outside the off-stump straight past Dammika Prasad to complete the ton, on Day 4 of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday.

He is 59th in the overall list of centurions on debut.

Three other Indians -- Lala Amarnath, Abbas Ali Baig and Gundappa Viswanath -- also scored centuries on debut but did so in the second innings of the Test - taking the tally of debut centurions for India to 12.

Raina, who is an integral part of India's One-day team, has played 98 ODIs, and has three centuries in the kitty.

He was involved in a crucial 256-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar to bail India out of a precarious situation in the Test.

Raina was eventually out for 120, when he chipped an easy catch to Kumar Sangakkara off Ajantha Mendis. In his 228-ball knock, the southpaw hit 12 boundaries and two sixes.

Here is the list Indian centurions in their debut innings:

Batsman

Runs

VS

Venue

Season

SC Ganguly

131

Eng

Lord's

1996

S Amarnath

124

NZ

Auckland

1975-76

SK Raina

120

SL

Colombo SSC

2010

DH Shodhan

110

Pak

Kolkata

1952-53

M Azharuddin

110

Eng

Kolkata

1984-85

Hanumant Singh

105

Eng

Delhi

1963-64

V Sehwag

105

SA

Bloemfontein

2001-02

PK Amre

103

SA

Durban

1992-93

AG Kripal Singh

100*

NZ

Hyderabad

1955-56