Devon Conway breaks Sourav Ganguly’s 25-year-old record at Lord’s
New Zealand batsman Devon Conway and Sourav Ganguly share more than just their birthdays now. Conway, who was also born on July 8, joined an exclusive club in cricket history which Sourav Ganguly had been ruling for the past 25 years.
On Day One of the first Test match between New Zealand and England, Conway became the sixth debutant to score a century on debut at Lord’s. The NZ batsman also broke the former Indian captain’s record of highest runs in an innings on debut. Conway scored an unbeaten 136 and Ganguly had made 131 on June 20, 1996.
Conway is only the third non-English batsman to score a Test debut century at the historic cricketing venue. Here are the six batsmen from the elite club: Harry Graham (Australia), John Hampshire (England), Sourav Ganguly (India), Andrew Strauss (England), Matt Prior (England), Devon Conway (New Zealand).
Conway's ton helped New Zealand end the first day in a strong position, getting to 246/3 at stumps. The Black Caps took the sting off the English bowlers, who went wicketless in the final session of the day.
Indian batsmen at Lord’s
Back in 1952, legendary all-rounder Vinoo Mankad became the first Indian to score a century at Lord’s. The next one came much later in 1979 when Dilip Vengsarkar scored 103, with Gundappa Viswanath pitching in with another ton in the same match versus England, which had ended in a draw.
Until Ganguly arrived on the scene, Ravi Shastri and Mohammad Azharuddin had added themselves to the list of centurions at Lord’s during India’s tour of 1990. Shastri and Azhar scored centuries in response to England’s humongous 653 in the first innings.
Another surprising name that has a century at the home of cricket is former all-rounder Ajit Agarkar, who scored 109 in a losing cause in 2002.
The next century for India came nine years later from Rahul Dravid in 2011. And the most recent centurion has been India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a gritty 103 to help India win the match during the 2014 tour.
We might see another name to the celebrated list as India square off with England from August 12 in the second Test of the upcoming five-match series.