12th February 1961: Mushtaq Mohammad Becomes Y…

Mushtaq Mohammad aged just 17 years 82 days made a Test hundred and became the youngest Test centurion ever, a record that lasted almost 40 years till Mohammad Ashraful scored a hundred on debut against Sri Lanka.

What made the century more special was that it came against arch-rival India in Delhi, and at a time when Pakistan were under pressure.

Batting first, riding on Polly Umrigar’s hundred India had scored 463. Nari Contractor (92) and Rusi Surti (64) too were among the runs.

Pakistan were 4/89 when Mohammad joined Javed Burki and two put together 136-runs. Pakistan were dismissed for 289, following on Pakistan were dismissed for 250 with Hanif Mohammad and Imtiaz Ahmed among the runs.

India were set a target of 74 runs, but the match ended in a draw as only 2 overs could be bowled.

16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar came within 12 runs of becoming the youngest person to make a Test hundred when he was out to New Zealand’s Danny Morrison in the second Test, in Napier.