Most of the legendary Indian batsmen are battling a drought of Test centuries for a long time. Their determination and grit towards scoring good runs are evident but they are unable to reach the feat of a century. We witnessed the Indian team go through a hard time in the 3rd test match against England. In the second innings, we witnessed 3 half-centuries but that wasn’t enough to save the team from the loss. It’s been really long since the most reliable Indian batsmen scored test centuries. SportzPoint.com gives you a glimpse of a draught of test centuries and Indian top five batsmen.
Cheteshwar Pujara is one of the most dependable and upright test batsmen. He is the appropriate presentation of “slow but steady wins the race”. He might not be using the most defined techniques but he knows how to score runs in his own ways. Before a few years, the versatile cricketer meant hope for the team and the fans. But eyebrows and questions have been raised recently because of his form. The last time he hit a century was in the historic win against Australia in January 2019.
During those days, he was one of the few players who played the key rules behind the team’s victories but now the case is entirely opposite. In the second innings of the third test match between India and England, Pujara was seen in a good form after a very long time. But unfortunately, he missed his century by 9 runs. On the 4th day of the match, he was sent back to the pavilion by Ollie Robinson. In 2021, he played in 10 test matches and scored 526 runs with an average of 30.94. He has the potential of scoring more and more runs but he is definitely going through a harsh time in his career.
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Ravindra Jadeja scored his first test century against West Indies in 2018. Since then the all-rounder has not scored any test centuries yet. Jadeja is one such player who is always there for the team to rescue it in dire and distressing situations. Also, he hit a total of 5 half-centuries in 2019 including 91 against South Africa. His past performances in the last few years have made him a reliable and dependable team member. His rise over the past years in all the formats is evident. The player has a clear perspective and is very probable about scoring good runs. It’s just a matter of time to see him crashing the opponent bowlers for a century after a very long time. It has been 23 innings since he scored a test ton.
The most anticipated moment of every Indian cricket fan is a century by the captain himself. Virat Kohli scored his last Test ton in a Test match against Bangladesh on November 19. It has been 18 innings since we saw the king of cricket in his best form like before. 2020 was a disastrous year for him, especially in test cricket. Because of the outbreak of coronavirus, he got to play only three matches and ended up scoring 116 runs in total with an average of 19.33. Sadly this is his list average of all time. Even in the ongoing test of India vs England, he was not seen in his best form. In the third test match, the captain scored a half-century. 2 test matches of the series are left to play and every cricket fan is wishing to see the previous Kohli back in form.
It is very sad news for all the Indian Cricket fans that both the captain and the vice-captain of the test cricket team have not scored a single test ton for a long time. Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Indian test team, scored his last century against Australia in December 2020. He was the captain of that match and scored his first century as a captain. It was surely one of his best knocks as it was a hard-fought match. And his 12th century was the last time we saw him in his usual and best form. As of now he played in 10 matches in 2021 and scored only 2 half-centuries with the highest score of 67. Till now he is nowhere close to a century but all we can wish is the tables to turn and a magnificent century by him.
It is hard to believe that at some point in time, Rohit Sharma was not a regular member of the Indian test team. His contribution to the sport is impeccable and through hard work and dedication, he has established himself as one of the key team members of the team. In the test match against England hosted in India, he scored his last test ton of 161 on 13 February 2021. Without a single doubt, he played an important role in the team’s win hosted in the Chidambaram Stadium.
It has been 12 test innings since his last test ton. He is one of the top 5 players to score the most test runs in the Indian cricket team in 2021. In the second innings of the third test match against England, he scored 59 and got out after a controversial wicket. The vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited-overs has the full caliber to thrash centuries after centuries. It’s just a matter of time to witness Rohit Sharma smashing centuries.