On August 21, 2003, Yasir Hameed scored 170 against Bangladesh on his Test debut at Karachi. He joined the elite club of scoring centuries in each innings when he scored 105 in the second innings. He became the second batsman after Lawrence Rowe to achieve this incredible feat on Test debut. Nishad Pai Vaidya takes a look at Hameed’s twin tons.
A Test debut is a big moment for any player. It is a reward for years of hard work and an unending belief in one’s dreams. However, at the big stage, one can get overawed in their maiden experience. Yet, there have been batsmen who have celebrated the occasion by scoring tons. But, think about two hundreds on Test debut! Lawrence Rowe, the West Indian managed it against New Zealand in 1972. On this day in 2003, Yasir Hameed set off on a mission to join Rowe in the exclusive club of batsmen who scored hundreds in each innings of their Test debuts.
Hameed was drafted into the Pakistan team in the aftermath of their disastrous campaign at the 2003 World Cup. With copybook technique and the ability to play shots along the ground, Pakistan were looking for stability. In May 2003, he made his One-Day International (ODI) debut and had played five games before he was handed a Test cap on August 20 at Karachi when Bangladesh toured Pakistan. Although Pakistan had numerous youngsters, they were expected to win with ease. Against all expectations, Bangladesh did manage to put up a fight. Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul and Shabbir Ahmed also made their debuts during the first Test at Karachi.