On September 28, 2017 David Warner showcased why he is one of the best batsmen in the world. Playing his 100th ODI, he plundered 124, becoming the first Aussie to score a century.
Yesterday was a memorable occasion for him as he became the 28th Australian and the 242nd overall to achieve the milestone of 100 ODIs. While all cricketers would like to perform at their best every day on which they take the field, the vagaries of the game do not allow them to do so.
However, marking a memorable occasion with a scintillating performance is a dream come true for every player. When Warner reached his century, he joined an elite list of just seven other cricketers who scored a ton in their 100th ODI.
Warner’s score was the third highest of the eight batsmen and was the sixth to result in a victory for his team.
The table below gives the details of all the eight batsmen to score a century in their 100th ODI:
|Gordon Greenidge||West Indies||Pakistan||102*||Sharjah||Pakistan won by 84 runs|
|Chris Cairns||New Zealand||India||115||Christchurch||New Zealand won by 70 runs|
|Yousuf Youhana||Pakistan||Sri Lanka||129||Sharjah||Pakistan won by 217 runs|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||Australia||101||Colombo (RPS)||Australia won by 40 runs|
|Chris Gayle||West Indies||England||132*||Lords||West Indies won by 7 wickets|
|Marcus Trescothick||England||Bangladesh||100*||The Oval||England won by 10 wickets|
|Ramnaresh Sarwan||West Indies||India||115*||Basseterre||West Indies won by 4 wickets|
|David Warner||Australia||India||124||Bangalore||Australia won by 21 runs|
The role of the pitch plays a huge role in run making. Some grounds are more conducive for run making and batsmen fill their boots in them.
In India, 45 grounds have hosted one-dayers and only the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur has witnessed more centuries than the Chinnaswamy venue. The short boundaries at the Chinnaswamy, the elevated atmosphere and the batting friendly pitch make it a nightmare for bowlers and it is a batting paradise where spectators get to see fours and sixes galore.
Even though Warner has been on the international scene since 2009, this is surprisingly his first bilateral ODI series in India.
A lot has been made of Warner’s poor record in the sub-continent but he showed his sense of the big occasion by scoring a dashing 124 of 119 balls studded with 12 fours and four sixes. This helped Australia score a challenging 334/5 off their 50 overs. This was the 14th century scored at the Chinnaswamy and incredibly 10 of them have been scored at a batting strike rate of more than 100.
While scoring a century does not guarantee victory, it provides a good platform for the bowlers to defend, if the team is batting first. If an opener reaches the century mark in quick fashion, it provides an ideal launch pad for the team to register a huge total. Over the years, the Chinnaswamy has witnessed some memorable centuries in ODIs and here we take a look at some of the most vital ones.
Rohit Sharma, India vs Australia, 2nd November 2013, 209 off 158 balls
Result: India won by 57 runs.
Prior to this match Rohit Sharma had always been considered a man of immense talent who failed to do justice to his undoubted potential.
However, ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni had promoted him to open the batting in early 2013, he found a new lease of life. The entire ODI series in 2013 in India between the two teams was a run fest and Rohit really cashed in on an absolute belter, on this day. At the end of 40 overs, India were 232/4.
Thanks to Rohit, India scored an incredible 151 runs off their last 10 overs. Rohit did not spare a single bowler and it felt like every blade of grass on the ground was singed by his stroke play. He struck 12 fours and 16 sixes in his knock. It is not often that a player strikes more sixes than fours in an innings.
To this date, this remains the record for the most sixes in an ODI innings along with AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.
India won the match by 57 runs to clinch the series 3-2.
Sachin Tendulkar, India vs England, ICC World Cup, 27th February 2011, 120 off 115 balls
Result: Match tied
This was a league game in the World Cup in 2011 which was held in India and both teams provided a contest worthy of the occasion. India batted first and Virender Sehwag got India off to a rollicking start as is his wont.
Sachin Tendulkar bided his time but soon opened his shoulders. Sometimes, the big occasion can cause players to play conservatively but Tendulkar played some majestic strokes all around the ground. This was his 98th international century and the spectators were treated to some delightful stroke play. His knock contained 10 fours and 5 sixes. India scored 338 all out in 49.5 overs and at one stage looked like scoring a lot more due to the impetus given by Tendulkar. The match ended in a tie.
Andrew Strauss, India vs England, 27th February 2011, ICC World Cup, 158 off 145 balls
Result: Match tied
It is not often that two batsmen from different teams score centuries in the same ODI. It is even more rare for a player to outscore Sachin Tendulkar on a day when he scores a dazzling century. For England to overhaul India’s 338, they needed someone in the top order to score a big one.
Andrew Strauss may not have the class and the elegance of Tendulkar but was an effective run getter. He got England off to a quick start and did not let the required run rate get out of hand by finding the boundary periodically. He did not possess the ability to clear the fence but still scored at a brisk rate. His innings contained 18 fours and a solitary six. England were favourites when he was at the crease but his dismissal set the cat amongst the pigeons. India came back by taking quick wickets and the match ended in a tie but that didn’t detract from Strauss’ innings.
Michael Clarke, India vs England, 29th September 2007, 130 off 132 balls
Result: No result
India were fresh off their victory in the inaugural edition of the WT20 and this was the first ODI of the series. Australia were in early trouble at 18/2 when Clarke walked out to the crease. Clarke was always known as a batsman with a sound technique who scored runs with resorting to wild agricultural slogs. He proved that it was possible to register a huge score with deft placements and timing the ball into the gaps. His knock propelled Australia to 307/7 before rain intervened and the match ended in a no result.
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