Not a single century after 22 half-centuries in Tests, Chetan Chauhan's record left behind

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Chetan Chauhan, who opened in many matches with the great Sunil Gavaskar in Test cricket, is remembered for a special reason. Remaining unbeaten twice in 68 innings of 40 Test matches for India, Chetan scored 2084 runs with the help of 16 half-centuries but could not convert any of these half-centuries into a century. During this period, he fell victim to nervous nineties (score of 90+) twice while he was out on a score of more than 80 runs six times. He was considered a batsman who would get nervous as soon as he reached close to a century and would lose his wicket in a hurry. In modern cricket, a batsman has also surpassed Chetan Chauhan's 'record' in this matter. Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella has scored 22 more half-centuries than Chetan

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Dickwella has played 54 Tests and has scored 22 half-centuries in 96 innings, remaining unbeaten 7 times, but has not been able to score a single century. Like Chetan, Dickwella has also been out twice in the 'nervous nineties'. He is the second highest batsman in the world in terms of scoring runs without scoring a century in Test cricket. Only Australia's legendary leg-spinner (late) Shane Warne has scored more runs than Dickwella without a century. Warne, who played purely as a bowler, has 3154 runs (highest 99) in 145 Tests at an average of 17.32, which includes 12 half-centuries. Dickwella is in second place while New Zealand's fast bowler Tim Southee is in third place by scoring 2098 runs with the help of six half-centuries in 100 Tests and Australia's fast bowler Mitchell Starc is in fourth place by scoring 2093 runs with the help of 10 half-centuries in 89 Tests. Among these players, except Dickwella, all others are basically bowlers.

Has scored more than 2500 runs in Test cricket

31-year-old Dickwella has so far scored 2757 runs in 54 Test matches at an average of 30.97. This left-handed cricketer has the image of an aggressive batsman. It is a common belief that Dickwella has not been able to score a century in Test matches so far due to his overly aggressive attitude. In response to this, this Sri Lankan batsman once said, 'The shots I play and get out, are the ones that help me score runs. Sometimes the problem is that I am not able to play this shot well. I am focusing on this aspect that how to change gears in the innings and when to speed up and when to slow down the pace of scoring runs according to the situation.'

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He got three lives but was dismissed for 96.

So far in his Test career, Dickwella has been out once on a score of 96 and once on a score of 92. Dickwella was getting a lot of luck before he was bowled by Kemar Roach on a score of 96 on the fourth day of the North Sound Test against West Indies in March 2021. His catch was missed in the gully during the innings, while once the umpire declared him not out despite the edge of the bat on Alzari Joseph's ball. Dickwella was on a score of 74 at that time. Not only this, when he was on a score of 95, a ball from Roach hit the helmet protector and hit the wicket, but Dickwella was saved as the bails did not fall. However, he could not take advantage of these three 'lives' and returned to the pavilion without scoring a century after being dismissed by Roach.

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Lost his wicket on 92 against England
Two months before getting out on 96 against West Indies, Dickwella missed out on a century in the Galle Test against England and got out on 92. Apart from this, Dickwella has also been out on a score of more than 80 runs twice in Tests.

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Dickwella has scored two centuries in ODIs
Even though centuries in Tests are still out of Dickwella's reach, he has two centuries to his name in ODIs. Dickwella, who made his international debut in 2014, has so far scored 1604 runs in 55 ODIs at an average of 31.45, which includes two centuries and 9 half-centuries. He has also scored 480 runs in 28 T20 matches. Dickwella has been out of the Sri Lankan team since March 2023. In such a situation, the wait for his dream of scoring a century in Test cricket to be fulfilled is increasing.

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