June 21, 2001

Pakistan's Centurions

In the recent Old Trafford Test, Inzamam-ul-Haq's magnificent hundred (114) made him the third highest century maker for Pakistan after Javed Miandad (23) and Saleem Malik (15). Sunil Gavaskar holds the World record of scoring most hundreds in Test Cricket (34) but is no match to Sir Donald Bradman's 29 scored at a much faster frequency and in fewer innings (80). Inzamam's feat prompted me to compile a list of scorers of most hundreds for each Test Playing Country and of centurions for Pakistan to date:

A- Most hundreds in test cricket for each country to date:

1. India Sunil Gavaskar - 34
2. Australia Sir Donald George Bradman - 29
3. West Indies Sir Garfield Sobers - 29
4. Pakistan Javed Miandad - 23
5. England Wally Hammond - 22, Sir Colin Cowdrey - 22,
    Geoff Boycott - 22
6. Sri Lanka P.A.DeSilva - 19
7. New Zealand Martin Crowe - 17
8. South Africa Daryl Cullinan - 14
9. Zimbabwe Andy Flower - 9
10. Bangladesh Amin-ul-Islam - 1

B- Centurions for Pakistan

Centuries Batsmen
23 Javed Miandad
15 Saleem Malik
14 Inzamam-ul-Haq
12 Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Ijaz Ahmed
11 Asif Iqbal
10 Mushtaq Mohammad, Mudassar Nazar, Saeed Anwar
8 Majid Khan
7 Mohsin Khan, Shoaib Mohammad
6 Imran Khan, Yousuf Youhana
5 Sadiq Mohammad, Aamer Sohail
4 Wasim Raja
3 Imtiaz Ahmed, Javed Burki, Haroon Rashid, Moin Khan, Qasim Omar,
  Azhar Mahmood, Younis Khan
2 Wazir Mohammad, Alimuddin, Wasim Akram, Aamer Malik, Rameez Raja,
  Wahajatullah Wasti, Mohammad Wasim
1 Nazar Mohammad, Waqar Hasan, Khalid Ibadullah, Nasim-ul-Ghani,
 Mohammad Ilyas,Intikhab Alam, Taslim Arif, Mansoor Akhtar, Ijaz Faqih, Basit Ali,
  Shahid Afridi, Ali Naqvi, Imran Nazir, Saqlain Mushtaq

Total Centuries
In 278 Test Matches Pakistan played up to the Old Trafford Test (June 2001) a total of 231 centuries have been scored by 47 Pakistan batsmen at a healthy frequency of 0.830 per test.

First Century against each country
1IndiaNazar Mohammad, 124 not-out* at Lucknow in 1952-53
2New Zealand Waqar Hasan, 189 at Lahore in 1955-56
3 West Indies Hanif Mohammad, 337** at Bridge Town in 1957-58
4 Australia Saeed Ahmed, 166 at Lahore in 1959-60
5 England Javed Burki, 138 at Lahore in 1961-62
6 Sri Lanka Haroon Rashid, 153 at Karachi in 1981-82
7 Zimbabwe Inzamam-ul-Haq, 101 at Harare in 1994-95
8 South Africa Ali Naqvi*** 115 at Rawalpindi in 1997-98
*      First hundred in Test Cricket for Pakistan and also first abroad
**    Highest individual innings and so far the only triple century for
        Pakistan in Test Cricket
*** on Test Debut

First at Home
Hanif Mohammad (142 v India at Bahawalpur) scored first hundred for Pakistan at home

First Double Hundred
Imtiaz Ahmed (209 v New Zealand at Lahore in 1955-56) scored first double century for Pakistan

Century in Each Innings
Hanif Mohammad (v England at Dhaka in 1961-62), Javed Miandad (v New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1984-85) and Wahajatullah Wasti (v Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1998-99) scored a century in each innings of a match for Pakistan.

Versus Bangladesh
Pakistan is yet to play a Test against Bangladesh