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World Cup stats: Players to score a Hundred in World Cup Debut

The World Cup 2023 is set to start from 5th October but before that, let's check out the players who have scored a Hundred in their WC Debut.

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The 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup will be the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup. The tournament will be hosted by India, beginning on 5 October and concluding on 19 November 2023. Ten national teams will participate; Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. England are the defending champions, having won the 2019 edition by defeating New Zealand in the final.

India will host the Men's Cricket World Cup solely for the first time. The tournament will take place in ten different stadiums. The first and second semi-finals will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Eden Gardens in Kolkata respectively, while the final will take place at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad. As fans brace themselves for the 2023 World Cup in India, here at SportzPoint we look at the players who have scored centuries in their World Cup debut match.

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Scoring a century on a World Cup debut is an achievement in itself. A batsman can put their name in the World Cup records books for this achievement. Aaron Finch became the 14th batsman to score a century on his World Cup debut when he scored 135 runs against England in the second match of the 2015 World Cup.

World Cup stats: Players to score a Hundred in World Cup Debut - History

England's Dennis Amiss was the first player to score a century in his debut in the biggest stage of Cricket. He achieved that feat in the first match of the very first World Cup in 1975 against India at Lord's Ground. Since then, apart from the 1979 and the 1999 editions, the world has seen one or two players scoring a ton on their debut.

The most number of centuries on debut came in the 2003 edition. 3 batsmen scored centuries on World Cup debut in the 2003 ODI World Cup. South Africa's Gary Kirsten holds the record for the highest score on a World Cup debut. He played an unbeaten inning of 188 runs against UAE in the 1996 World Cup. India has Virat Kohli on the list. He achieved that feat in the 2011 edition against Bangladesh in the tournament opener. Andy Flower was also on his ODI debut. He was the only player to score a debut ODI and World Cup century in the same match.

Players to score a Hundred in WC Debut

No. Score Player Match Details Ground Year
1 137 DL Amiss England v India Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood 1975
2 171* GM Turner New Zealand v East Africa Edgbaston, Birmingham 1975
3 102 AJ Lamb England v New Zealand Kennington Oval, Kennington 1983
4 110 TM Chappell Australia v India Trent Bridge, Nottingham 1983
5 110 GR Marsh Australia v India MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Madras 1987/88
6 115* *A Flower Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Pukekura Park, New Plymouth 1991/92
7 101 NJ Astle New Zealand v England Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 1995/96
8 188* G Kirsten South Africa v United Arab Emirates Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 1995/96
9 141 SB Styris New Zealand v Sri Lanka Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein 2002/03
10 172* CB Wishart Zimbabwe v Namibia Harare Sports Club, Harare 2002/03
11 143* A Symonds Australia v Pakistan New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2002/03
12 115* JP Bray Ireland v Zimbabwe Sabina Park, Kingston 2006/07
13 100* V Kohli India v Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 2010/11
14 135 A Finch Australia v England Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melourne 2015
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