Hemang Badani registers maiden ODI century: The former Indian batsman had played a valiant knock in a testing situation back in the day.
During the second ODI of Australia’s tour of India in 2001 in Pune, former India batsman Hemang Badani had scored his maiden ODI century against an Australian attack comprising of Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming and Nathan Bracken.
Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 15th over, Badani stitched a 93-run partnership for the fourth wicket alongside VVS Laxman (51). It was on the fourth delivery of the penultimate over that Badani ran two runs off Bracken to reach the three-figure mark for the first time in his career.
The southpaw’s innings was laced by some uppish and grounded drives down the ground off the visiting medium-pacers. The highlight was the innings was him dominating Mark Waugh and Andrew Symonds by hitting them over the cover region.
Before getting out to Bracken on the delivery after completing his century, Badani ended up scoring 100 (98) with the help of 10 fours and two sixes. Badani, then 24, played a pivotal part in powering India to a respectable total of 248/9 in their allotted quota of 50 overs.
As far as the match is concerned, the hosts couldn’t recover from a match-winning 143-run partnership between the Australian opening batsmen in Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden (57). In what was his 18th and last ODI century, Waugh scored 133* (138) with the help of 15 fours and a six to register an 8-right victory in the 46th over.
Hemang Badani registers maiden ODI century
#OnThisday 2001 at Pune #HemangBadani played one of the finest knocks under pressure against might Aus.India 60/3 when he arrived at the crease ,6/162 when he crossed Fifty.I do always remember this Brave innings as it happened on the completion of my final SSC exams day #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/knPuJeurWJ
— Jaan 💜💙💜 (@Myself_Jaanu) March 28, 2019
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