List of Youngest players to score century in test match cricket

 

Rookies that stunned the cricket world, teenages who tested opposition like only experienced ones do, are the topic of this article.. 

Note : Don't confuse with youngest centurions in ODI cricket or highest score on test debut. This is a record article on youngest players to score a hundred in longest format of cricket (it may not be their first match).

Mohammad Ashraful, considered best Bangladesh batsman yet, was only 17 year and 61 day old when he made his test match debut against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports club ground in probably the only test champion ever played (The Asian cup between India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh). Inserted in to bat first, minnows Bangladesh were allout for just 90 in their first innings and gave away mamoth 465 run lead. Staring straight towards a huge defeat, debutant Mohammad Ashraful unleashed a lion hearted performance with a 114 run innings from 212 balls with 16 hits to baundary. 

Ashraful's performance couldn't save Bangla team from a innings & 137 run loss but he sure made his debut a dream come true.

Sachin Tendulkar held the record of youngest test centurion for 11 years, which he had won from Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan before Ashraful's megnificent innings who's on top of youngest test centurion list below.

Note : looking closely at in following list, you'll find youngest test hundred makers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa, which leaves us with one vacancy = the youngest England batsman to score a test ton. Answer is Denis Crompton, who made 102 versus Australia at Nottingham back on 10 June 1938. Denis was only 20 years and 18 days in age then.

Yongest players to score a century in test match cricket.

Batsman (Country)

Age

Runs

Versus

Venue

Date

Mohammad Ashraful (Bng)

17y 61d

114

Sri Lanka

Colombo (SSC)

6-Sep-2001

Mushtaq Mohammad (Pak)

17y 78d

101

India

Delhi

8-Feb-1961

Sachin Tendulkar (India)

17y 107d

119*

England

Manchester

9-Aug-1990

Hamilton Masakadza (Zim)

17y 352d

119

West Indies

Harare

27-Jul-2001

Imran Nazir (Pak)

18y 154d

131

West Indies

Bridgedown

18-May-00

Saleem Malik (Pak)

18y 323d

100*

Sri Lanka

Karachi

5-Mar-1982

Shahid Afridi (Pak)

18y 333d

141

India

Chennai

28-Jan-1999

Mohammad Ilyas (Pak)

19y 21d

126

New Zealand

Karachi

9-Apr-1965

Nafees Iqbal (Bdesh)

19y 75d

121

Zimbabwe

Dhaka

14-Jan-2005

Mohammaf Wasim (Pak

19y 105d

109

New Zealand

Lahore

21-Nov-96

Javed Miandad (Pak)

19y 119d

163

New Zealand

Lahore

9-Oct-1976

Giff Vivian (New Zealand)

19y 121d

100

South Africa

Wellington

4-Mar-1932

Neil Harvey (Australia)

19y 121d

153

India

Melbourne

6-Feb-1948

Achie Jackson (Australia)

19y 149d

164

England

Adelaide

1-Feb-1929

Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

19y 184d

129

New Zealand

Dunedin

26-Nov-2009

Asanka Gurusinga (SL)

19y 187d

116*

Pakistan

Colombo (PSS)

22-Mar-86

Adrian Barath (WI)

19y 228d

104

Australia

Brisbane

28-Nov-09

Graeme Pollock (SA)

19y 317d

122

Australia

Sydney

10-Jan-64

Doug Walter (Australia)

19y 354d

155

England

Brisbane

10-Dec-65

Arvinda de Silva (SL)

19y 364d

122

Pakistan

Faisalabad

16-Oct-85

Ijaz Ahmed (Pak)

20y 3d

122

Australia

Faisalabad

23-Sep-88