The Magnificent Nine
There are only nine batsmen in cricketing history
who have the unique distinction of scoring a
hundred in each innings of a Test on two or more
occasions. Rahul Dravid, the 'Wall ' of the Indian
team, became the latest member of this elite club
earlier today. It already includes an Indian, the
legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who accomplished the feat
THRICE - the only batsman to do so.
The other members of this exclusive club are (in
Rahul Dravid, the ninth batsman to score twin
hundreds in a Test more than once
* Herbert Sutcliffe ( England ) - 176 & 127 vs
Australia at Melbourne , 1924-24 and 104 & 109* vs
South Africa at The Oval , 1929 . At Melbourne, he
became the first player to score two hundreds in a
Test against Australia. But his efforts failed to
prevent defeat for his team by 81 runs. However,
his second feat at the Oval was a match-saving one.
* George Headley ( West Indies ) - 114 & 112 vs
England at Georgetown , 1929-30 and 106 & 107 also
against England at Lord's , 1939 . In the first
instance, he became the first West Indian to
achieve this feat, and then had to wait for a full
decade to repeat this display at Lord's, cricket's
Headquarters. He was the first to score two
hundreds in a Test at the Mecca of Cricket.
* Clyde Walcott ( West Indies ) - 126 & 110 at
Trinidad and 155 & 110 at Kingston - both against
Australia in the same series in 1954-55 . In the
process, he became the first, and till date, only
batsman to score a hundred in each innings of a
Test twice in the same series.
* Greg Chappell ( Australia ) - 247* & 133 vs New
Zealand at Wellington , 1973-74 and 123 & 109* vs
West Indies at Brisbane , 1975-76 . At Wellington,
Greg and his elder brother Ian provided the only
instance of siblings each scoring a hundred in both
innings of a Test. At Brisbane , Greg became the
first player to score hundreds in both innings of
his first Test as captain .
* Sunil Gavaskar ( India ) - 124 & 220 vs West
Indies at Trinidad , 1970-71 ; 111 & 137 vs
Pakistan at Karachi , 1978-79 and 107 & 182* vs
West Indies at Kolkata in the same season. The
master batsman holds the unique record of being the
only player to achieve this feat thrice .
* Allan Border ( Australia ) - 150* & 153 vs
Pakistan at Lahore , 1979-80 and 140 & 114* vs New
Zealand at Christchurch , 1985-86 . At Lahore,
Border became the first batsman to score over 150
in both innings of a Test match. At Christchurch,
he was captain of the team.
* Aravinda De Silva ( Sri Lanka ) - 138* & 103* vs
Pakistan in 1996-97 and 146 & 120 vs India at
Colombo , 1997 . The dashing Lankan batsman
achieved this feat twice within a short span of
five months. He notched up six hundreds in
successive test innings in Colombo on the way.
* Matthew Hayden ( Australia ) - 197 & 103 vs
England at Brisbane , 2002-03 and 117 & 132 vs Sri
Lanka at Cairns , 2004 . In the 2002-03 season ,
Hayden scored his seventh ton in ten Tests and his
sixth in seven Tests on home soil - a terrific run
of scores that went on till last year .
* Rahul Dravid ( India ) - 190 & 103* vs New
Zealand at Hamilton , 1998-99 and 110 & 135 Vs
Pakistan at Kolkata , 2004-05 . Dravid in 1998-99
became the third Indian after Gavaskar and Vijay
Hazare to score twin centuries in a Test. He has
achieved the same feat against Pakistan at Kolkata
six years later.