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Most Centuries In Test Cricket By Indians In 2021. The year 2021 has seen some incredible performances from the Indian players across all three formats. However, in Test cricket fans have witnessed very few centuries by the Indian batters. Meanwhile, on the bowling side, things have been pretty amazing as India has seen several new faces like Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj dominate the opposition batting unit.
Overall the year 2021 has been a great one for India in Test cricket as they won the Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia by 2-1 despite missing some big players under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane. Also, India managed to win the home series against England in a dominating manner thrashing mighty England by 3-1 and making it into the World Test Championship final.
Notably, things didn’t go well for Virat Kohli-led India in the WTC final as they were defeated by Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. However, after that loss, India bounced back strong and they are looking like a dominant side once again in the ongoing 5-match Test series against England. Meanwhile, in this article, we have a look at the Test centurions for India in 2021.
Most Centuries In Test Cricket By Indians In 2021
Ravichandran Ashwin [ 1 Century vs England ]
The spin bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is undoubtedly one of the greatest off-spinners in the history of Test cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin has already picked 413 wickets in Test cricket and is placed among the highest wicket-takers for India in Test cricket format.
He can dismiss batters on any surface in the world even without getting any support from the pitch. However, Ashwin has missed the 4 out of 5 Test matches against England in the ongoing 5-match Test series, after India decided to go with 4 pacers in the team.
Meanwhile, Ashwin has shown the world his exceptional off-spin bowling skills. However, his batting skills remain underrated. Ashwin in Test cricket has already smashed as many 5 centuries. Notably, He scored his Test century in 2021 at his home stadium in the match against England.
Notably, India faced England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai which saw a batting & bowling masterclass of Ravichandran Ashwin. As he smashed 106 runs in the very tough conditions and with the ball, he bagged a 5-wicket haul in the first innings and a 3-wicket haul in the second innings. Also, India won that match against Joe Root-led England by a huge margin of 317 runs.
Rishabh Pant [ 1 Century vs England ]
Rishabh Pant with his continuous improvement in batting, wicketkeeping, and overall fitness led to him earning the gloves for team India in the purest form of the game. Rishabh Pant utilized every bit of the opportunity he was handed over by the management and now he is the first choice wicket-keeper batsman of team India in Test cricket.
Rishabh Pant’s career growth chart has been moving only upwards since his comeback in the team in the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Although he is not having a great time in the ongoing 5-match Test series against England, he is expected to bounce back strong.
Meanwhile, his sole century in 2021 was scored against England in the England tour of India 4th Test match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. While batting in India’s first and last innings of the match Rishabh Pant managed to score 101 runs off 118 deliveries including 13 fours and 2 maximums. Rishabh Pant was awarded Player Of The Match for his excellent performance. Also, India won that match by an innings and 25 runs.
KL Rahul [ 1 Century vs England ]
KL Rahul was not in India’s scheme of things since Shubman Gill was handed over the responsibility to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. Many reports suggested that Rahul was drafted in India’s squad as a middle-order batsman and India doesn’t consider him an opener anymore.
However, Shubman Gill got injured and was ruled out of the entire Test cricket series against England. In his absence, Mayank Agarwal was all set to open but ahead of the match in one of the training sessions he suffered a head injury which led him to get ruled out of the first match. After that India forcefully has to give the opening slot to KL Rahul and he has cemented his spot on the top order after, his back-to-back amazing performances.
In the first match of the series, he scored a sensational half-century and had a decent outing in the second innings of the same match. Also in the second Test against England at Lord’s cricket ground, London he finally scored a century in the tough batting conditions against a very strong English pace battery.
Rahul scored 129 runs off 250 balls and his innings were filled with 12 fours and 1 six. Meanwhile, KL Rahul became the 10th Indian to have his name etched at the Lord’s Honours Board after scoring a remarkable century.
Rohit Sharma [ 2 Centuries vs England ]
Rohit Sharma has been the most consistent and most dependable batsman of team India in Test cricket since he has started opening the innings. Rohit Sharma has shaped himself into a completely different batsman in Test, cricket. He is a natural aggressive batter, However, in the whites, he has got that solid defense technique to tackle the fast-paced deliveries. Rohit Sharma has got that mindset of champion Test players and he has been in sensational form in 2021.
Rohit Sharma has already scored over 900 runs in Test cricket in 2021 at an astonishing average of 45+. Rohit scored his first Test century of 2021 in the match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. He scored 161 off 231 including 18 fours and 2 sixes and India won that game by a huge margin of 317 runs.
Meanwhile, his first-ever overseas Test century also came in 2021 against the same opposition; England at Kennington Oval, London. Rohit Sharma scored 127 runs off 256 balls including 14 boundaries and 1 maximum. Notably, Rohit Sharma reached that remarkable milestone with an amazing-looking six against Moeen Ali. And overall it was the 3rd instance when Rohit Sharma completed his century in Test cricket smashing a sixer.