Scoring a double century in Test matches is the dream of every batsman. Many fans consider Test cricket to be the purest format of the game. Players cannot succeed in the longest format if they do not have proper skills, patience and stamina.
First-class cricket generally helps batsmen gain confidence before making their Test debut. However, every cricketer experiences nerves while batting for their country for the first time in the longest format of the game.
Many great players struggled during the initial matches of their Test careers. However, there have been seven players in Test cricket history who did not show any nerves and went on to score a double century in their very first match.
7. Devon Conway scored a double century on Test debut against England
After receiving his maiden Test cap, the Johannesburg-born player opened the innings for New Zealand. Conway dominated the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Mark Wood on his way to his first double hundred in Test cricket.
Unfortunately, he got run out soon after completing his double century. Conway smashed 22 fours and one six in his 347-ball knock.
6. Kyle Mayers
Kyle Mayers is another batsman to have scored a double century on Test debut in 2021. Playing in the ICC World Test Championship series against Bangladesh, Mayers played an unbelievable knock of 210 runs to help the West Indies cricket team chase a mammoth 395-run target in the fourth innings.
Generally, the fourth innings is considered to be the toughest for batting. More impressively, the match was played in sub-continental conditions, where Kyle Mayers did not have a lot of experience.
Still, the left-handed batter played an innings for the ages and helped his team win the match. Mayers aggregated 210 runs off 310 deliveries, hitting 20 fours and seven sixes.
5. Jacques Rudolph
Former South African batsman Jacques Rudolph achieved the feat of scoring a double century on Test debut against the Bangladesh cricket team. Rudolph received his first Test cap in Chattogram in 2003.
He came out to bat at number three for the team and stitched an unbeaten 429-run partnership for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar. Rudolph remained not out on 222 off 383 balls when Graeme Smith declared the Proteas innings.
Rudolph's knock comprised 29 fours and two sixes. His excellent performance helped South Africa win by an innings and 60 runs.
4. Matthew Sinclair - the first Kiwi to score a double century on Test debut
Devon Conway became the second New Zealand batter to record a double century in his first Test match. The first Kiwi player to accomplish this feat was Matthew Sinclair.
The Kiwi star made his Test debut versus the West Indies cricket team in Wellington. He came out to bat in the 12th over of the first innings after Reon King broke the opening partnership. Sinclair then built fantastic stands with Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle.
While Fleming and Astle could not touch the 3-figure mark, debutant Matthew Sinclair amassed 214 runs off 447 balls. He lost his wicket to King in the 147th over although New Zealand won the game by an innings and 105 runs.
3. Brendon Kuruppu
Former Sri Lankan batsman Brendon Kuruppu is the only Asian player to score a double century on Test debut. Brendon achieved this unique feat against the New Zealand cricket team in 1987.
Playing in Colombo, the visitors won the toss and elected to field. Kuruppu opened the innings for Sri Lanka with Roshan Mahanama. The Blackcaps did not allow the Sri Lankan batters to convert their starts into big scores. But Kuruppu held one end and dominated the Kiwi bowlers.
Kuruppu batted in the middle for 777 minutes and scored 201 runs for his team. He faced 548 deliveries before captain Duleep Mendis declared the innings. The match ended in a draw.
2. Lawrence Rowe
New Zealand toured West Indies to play Test cricket in 1972. The home team named debutant Lawrence Rowe in their playing XI for the first Test at Kingston. Rowe impressed a lot in his first Test, as he scored 214 runs, hitting 19 fours and a six.
He built a monumental partnership of 269 runs with opening batsman Roy Fredericks. West Indies declared the innings at 508/4, but Glenn Turner's double century brought the Kiwis back into the game.
Lawrence Rowe then continued his fine form and aggregated 100 runs in the second innings as West Indies set a 341-run target for the Blackcaps. Eventually, the match ended in a stalemate.
1. Tip Foster
England's Tip Foster was the first batsman in cricket history to register a double century on Test debut. He achieved this feat back in 1903. Over 100 years have passed since then, but only six players have been able to join Foster in the elite club.
Foster scored a double century while making his Test debut versus the Australian cricket team. Australia scored 285 runs in the first innings and then reduced England to 117/4.
Tip Foster then played the greatest Test knock by a debutant as he scored 287 runs and guided England's score past 550. The English team won the game by five wickets.