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Lokesh Rahul joins Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma in elite company

India Today logo India Today 28-08-2016

KL Rahul's brilliant form continued on Saturday as he became only the third Indian player to smash hundreds across all the formats of the game. The feat has only been achieved twice by Indians in the history of the game with Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina being the other two.

Rahul scored a counter-attacking 110 off 51 balls against the West Indies at Florida but sadly ended up in the losing side as Dwyane Bravo somehow managed to defend eight runs required from the last over after West Indies posted a mammoth total of 245/6 batting first. Rahul's century came of only 46 balls which is the fastest-ever century scored by an Indian across all the formats, overtaking Virat Kohli's 52-ball century against Australia back in May 2013 in Jaipur.

Rahul, who was selected ahead of Shikhar Dhawan for this match, continues to impress the selectors. He scored his maiden Test century in his second match against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground in 2015, where he opened the innings with Murali Vijay and made 110. He scored a century on his ODI debut during India's tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year, when he guided the team to victory with an unbeaten 100 at the Harare Sports Club.

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However, the first one to complete the feat was Suresh Raina, who made his International debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. Raina's first ODI century came against Hong Kong when he scored 101 in the Asia Cup back in 2008. His first T20 century came against South Africa in 2010 where he perished after scoring a brilliant 101 off 85 balls, coming in at number 3 in St. Lucia, guiding India to a winning total of 186/5. On 2 July 2010, Raina scored his maiden Test century against Sri Lanka at Colombo. He scored 120 in that match which made him the 12th Indian to score a Test century on debut and the fourth player to score a century in all the three formats of the game.

Rohit Sharma has been the most flamboyant batsmen of them all with his high scores and classy batting. After making his debut against Ireland at Belfast back in 2007, Rohit was in and out of the squad for his inconsistency. He took his time to get a big one but it came in due time as he smashed 114 against Zimbabwe on May 28, 2010 at Bulawayo. Rohit's inconsistency can be judged by the fact that he made his Test debut in 2014 against the West Indies at Eden Gardens but it was a memorable one as he scored 177 to steal the spotlight from Sachin Tendulkar in his 199th Test. That ton also made him the second highest scorer for India on Test debut, right behind Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 187 against Australia at Mohali. With centuries in both the formats in his kitty and brilliant form batting on top of the order, Rohit got his maiden T20I ton against South Africa when the Proteas toured India in October last year. Rohit hit a brilliant 106 off 79 balls at the HPCA stadium in Dharamshala.

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