The chosen ones who arrived with a bang
Over 2790 One-Day Internationals have been played so far but there are certain feats that have not been surpassed too often. In the 40 years of the limited-over version of cricket, there have been only five cricketers who struck a century on their debut.
<p>Over 2790 One-Day Internationals have been played so far but there are certain feats that have not been surpassed too often. In the 40 years of the limited-over version of cricket, only five cricketers struck centuries on their debut. Interestingly, none of them is from Australia, South Africa or India. </p> <p>CricketNDTV.com takes a look at the select club...</p>
<p>It was the second ODI in the history of cricket when Dennis Amiss made his debut - against Australia in 1972 at Old Trafford. It was a 55-over match where Amiss opened the innings with Geoffrey Boycott in reply to Australia's 222/8.<br /> <br /> Australia batsmen Ian Chappell (53) and Rose Edwards (57) struck fifties but the debutant opener made it look an easy target. Amiss amassed 103 in 134 balls with the help of nine fours. After the fall of Boycott, Amiss and Fletcher added 125 runs for the second wicket in 27 overs. They displayed some brilliant strokeplay and guided England to a 6-wicket win with 5.5 overs to spare. Amiss was adjudged 'Man of the Match'.</p>
<p>Desmond Haynes made his ODI debut against Australia at St John's, Antigua, and gave the world the first glimpse of his greatness as he scored a century in his first match during the 1977-78 season. </p> <p>With his audacious strokeplay he made 148 runs in 136 balls and pulled his side, which was tottering at 121 for 5, out of trouble. He hit sixteen fours and two 6s and steered West Indies to 313/9 in 50 overs.</p> <p>Bad light interrupted play and the target was revised to 226 runs from 36 overs. But Australia could manage only 181 for seven off 36 overs and lost on slow scoring rate.</p>
<p>Zimbabwe may have been struggling to keep their place on the global cricket map, but once upon a time they boasted of players of great stature. </p> <p>Andy Flower, one of the most successful captains of the Zimbabwe side, made his debut against Sri Lanka in the third match of the 1992 World Cup. </p> <p>Flower made an unbeaten 115 in 152 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. He also had a 145-run partnership with Andy Waller (83*) for the fifth wicket to take the final score to 312 runs in fifty overs. </p> <p>At the Pukekura Park, no team had ever crossed the 300-run mark batting second. But Sri Lanka pulled off a sensational 3-wicket win as they made 313 in 49.2 overs. Flower, however, was the chosen 'Man of the Match'.</p>
<p>Pakistani batsman Saleem Elahi also made his debut against Sri Lanka and slammed a ton on his maiden outing. He remained unbeaten on 102. </p> <p>Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka made 233 at the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs with the help of a century from Arjuna Ranatunga, who interestingly remained unbeaten on 102. </p> <p>Elahi, who had never played first-class cricket before his maiden appearance in one-dayers, opened the innings with Aamir Sohail and had a 156-run stand. Sohail went back for 77 runs. </p> <p>Rameez Raja joined Elahi and the duo added 78 runs to see the side home. In the process Elahi completed his century in style. He raised it with a straight six off Wickremasinghe and bagged the 'Man of the match' award.</p>
<p>The latest to join the elite club is a young New Zealander Martin Guptill. In the recently drawn ODI series with West Indies, Guptill became the fifth batsman to score a hundred on debut.</p> <p>In the fourth one-dayer, Guptill was promoted as a specialist opener when Jesse Ryder was dropped from the side for disciplinary reasons. Guptill made most of the opportunity and made an unbeaten 122 runs. His knock was the only highlight of the match that was washed out by the rain.</p> <p>Along the way he set the highest One-Day International score by a New Zealander on debut, the second-highest maiden innings in the history of ODI cricket.</p> <p>However, luck favoured him more than once as he was dropped three times. He struck eight boundaries and two sixes in his knock of 122. He brought up his century with a towering six off Gayle.</p>