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David Warner record-shattering hundred draws comparisons with Virender Sehwag's blitzkrieg

India Today logo India Today 04-01-2017

David Warner on Tuesday made a dashing start to 2017 as he shattered the record books with a blazing 78-ball hundred in the third Test between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Warner became only the fifth batsman to smash a century in the opening session of a Test match. While Warner plundered the Pakistan bowlers and raced to his century, his opening partner Matt Renshaw had scored 21 off 80 balls.

He became the first batsman to hit a century in the opening session of a Test match in Australia in their 140 years of cricket history and joined compatriots Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney and Don Bradman as well as Pakistan's Majid Khan in achieving the feat. Trumper was the first to achieve the feat in 1902 in Manchester, Macartney did it in 1926 in Leeds, Bradman in 1930 in Leeds and Majid in 1976 in Karachi.

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While Warner switched on the "beast" mode, his knock also reminded fans and former cricketers of Virender Sehwag who "took Test cricket entertainment to a different level". However, it was surprising that Sehwag never achieved the feat in his 104-Test career spanning 180 innings. The closest Sehwag came was when he scored 99 not out off only 75 balls before lunch on opening day of a Test against West Indies in St Lucia -- a session which only saw 25 overs bowled. Sehwag slammed 180 in that innings in June 2006.

Sehwag still holds the record for completing a Test hundred in the least number of overs bowled, 25.3 overs, a feat Warner failed to achieve during his record breaking innings on Tuesday.

It was Warner's 18th Test hundred and interestingly also his third consecutive ton in the New Year's Test at the SCG. Prior to this, he hit 101 against India in 2015 and 122 not out against the West Indies in 2016.

Cricketers and fans took to Twitter to applaud Warner's awe-inspiring knock.

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