We live in the era that goes gaga over T20 and even shorter formats of the game. The game is slowly losing its value for the original, longer format that goes by the name of ‘Test Cricket’.
The 1st match of this edition of Ashes showed Test cricket at its best form. Both the squads fought it out neck to neck. The duo of Steven Smith and David Warner made a comeback in the Australian side, after their year long exile.
Warner showed a rusty form in the first test but Smith continued right from where he had left. The right hander was awarded with the Man of the match trophy for his dual innings century.
Here are few other memorable instances where a batsman scored a century in both the innings of a match:
Kumar Sangakkara (vs Bangladesh, 319 and 105*)
The wicketkeeper batsman from Sri Lanka, has gone down as one of the greatest ever to play the game. The left hander has amassed over 12,000 test runs and over 14,000 in ODI cricket.
In the month of February of 2014, Sanga achieved a feat that was only achieved by the legendary Graham Gooch before. The left-hander thrashed the Bangladeshi bowlers all round the park in the first innings, getting to hid maiden Test Triple Century.
Sanga didn’t stop there, he continued the massacre and went on to score another century in the second innings.
David Warner (vs South Africa, 135 and 145)
The super-man for Australia has been leaving no stone unturned. Warner is easily one of the best batsmen to play the game today. His ability to change his game according to the required situation sets him apart and distinguishes him as a player.
It was the summer of 2014, when Australia was touring South Africa. During the 3rd Test, Warner smashed a century in each of the innings. The leftie scored a 135 in the first and blistered his way through in the second to score 145 and clinching the match for his team.
Warner went onto to achieve this feet two more times; once against India and later on against New Zealand. He is the third ever batsmen to score a century each of the innings of a match, thrice in his career. The other two are the Legendary batsmen Sunil Gavaskar from India and Rickey Ponting from Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane (vs South Africa, 127 and 100)
This elegant right-hand batsman from India has always been a stroke maker for India, ever sine his debut. His ability to measure the game and play a long innings makes him a reliable option for India.
It was the December of 2015, where Ajinkya went on to achieve this feat and go down in the record books forever. Rahane stepped in when India were down 3 wickets for just 66 runs and stabilised the innings, along with skipper; Virat Kohli.
Rahane scored a well constructed 127 in the first innings and a match winning 100 in the second to see his side across the finishing line. Rahane claimed, those 100’s were one of his favourite knocks of all time.
Shai Hope (vs England, 147 and 118)
This youngster has been a name that has been under the limelight for the West Indies, since quite some time. The wicket-keeper batsman has been a reliable batsman for WI ever since his debut.
The Caribbean poster boy had even broke into the top 10 batsmen list in ODIs, before the start of 2019 World Cup. Hope became the 10th batsman from WI to score a century in both the innings of a Test match.
It was against England, in the month of August, Hope gave the English bowlers a run for their money. The right-hander smashed 147 in the first innings and constructed 118 in the second to see his side through, against England.
Steven Smith (vs England, 144 and 142)
Called as the “Bradman of this era”, Smith is a member of the Elite four club and is probably the best Test batsman at present. The right hander averages a mammoth 63 in Tests and has 6485 runs in just 65 matches.
In the on going Ashes, Smith continued from where he had left, after his year long exile. The right-hander smashed a well curated 144 in the first innings and 142 in the second to see his side through comfortably, in the first match of the Ashes series.
Smith is expected to go down as on of the greatest Test batsman ever. With the current form and intent, we can just kick back and watch this maestro carve history and leave behind his legacy.