Today we celebrate the birthday of South African cricketer Jacques Rudolf. He has a unique feat achieved in his cricketing career.
Jacques Rudolph. Pic/ AFP
He is part of the elite list of 5 international cricketers who scored a double century on their Test debut. On his birthday, we take a look at these five unique batsmen with the even more unique feat they have achieved.
Reginald Erskine Foster (England)
He was the first cricketer ever to score a double ton when he put on 287 runs in the match against Australia on 11 Dec 1903 in Sydney. He hit 37 boundaries in the innings.
Lawrence Rowe (West Indies)
Rowe hit his double century in the match against New Zealand on 16 Feb 1972 in Kingston. He scored 214 runs with 19 boundaries and a six.
Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka)
The Lankan batsman was the first to score an unbeaten double hundred on a Test debut. He scored 201* against New Zealand in Colombo on 16 April 1987. His innings comprised of 24 boundaries.
Matthew Sinclair (New Zealand)
The Kiwi batsman scored his double ton against West Indies at Wellington on 26 December 1999. He hit 22 fours during his innings.
Jacques Rudolph (South Africa)
The Proteas batsman is the fifth and final cricketer to hit a double ton on Test debut. He achieved this on 24 April 2003 in Chittagong against Bangladesh. He scored an unbeaten 222 with 29 fours and two sixes.