How Sunil Gavaskar’s ‘13-year-old’ record swept away by Kiwi Neil Broom
Published : Thursday, 29 December, 2016 at 2:26 PM Count : 563
Neil Broom entered a unique club as he swept away Sunil Gavaskarâ€™s â€˜recordâ€™ of notching up his maiden century after making their debut.
Broom managed to hit a century after seven years and 354 days since his ODI debut, which was against West Indies in Auckland in January 2009. His effort was the second-longest by a New Zealand player. The first being former India coach John Wright, who took nine years and 244 days to notch up his first century since debut. Wright made his debut against England in Scarborough in 1978 and he finally hit his maiden hundred in March 1988, when he hit 101 against England in Napier.
However, the player who has the longest gap between his debut and first ODI hundred is Sunil Gavaskar. The former India skipper, who made his debut against England in Leeds in 1974, took 13 years and 110 days to notch up his first and only hundred.
Sunil Gavaskar achieved this feat in the 1987 World Cup match against New Zealand in Nagpur when he smashed an unbeaten 103 off 88 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes. India won the match by nine wickets to qualify for the semi-final.