Well, we all know that Sachin Tendulkar scored a splendid century on his 25th birthday, in Sharjah. What many of us do not know is that this was not the first instance of batsman scoring century on his birthday.
Coincidentally, maestro’s childhood friend Vinod Kambli was the first one to achieve the feat in ODI cricket. The honours in Test cricket goes to Patsy Hendren who scored his career best 205 against West Indies Cricket team in the Port of Spain test, in 1930. In the process, he also completed 1000 runs for the tour. This still remains the highest score by a batsman on his birthday and also one of the two double tons scored. The other one was by Jason Gillespie when he scored 201 in the Chittagong test (highest score by a nightwatchman and also highest score by a batsman in his last match).
Kambli achieved the feat on his 21st birthday smashing 100 runs off 149 balls against England and he added 164 runs with his school friend for the fourth wicket. Although India failed to win that match, Kambli entered the virgin territory.
Overall eleven players have reached three digit figures on their birthdays, in test cricket. On the other hand, in ODI cricket, only four cricketers have managed to achive the same feat. The oldest one to achieve the feat in Test cricket was Patsy Hendren (aged 41), while in ODI this record is held by Sanath Jayasuriyaage (39 years). Jayasuria’s century off 55 balls remain the fastest century by a player on birthday.
While Vinod Kambli is the youngest one to record this in ODI, in Test cricket, the youngest one to join the list was Chris Lewis who, on his 25th birthday, scored a spirited 117 in England’s second innings. The highest ODI score on birthday is 134 by little master in the Coca-Cola cup final.
In this list, the last ones to join in test and ODI format were Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ross Taylor (only one to do in World Cup). Besides, Alec Stewart is the only wicketkeeper to reach the milestone on his birthday.
Here is a list of players to score centuries on birthdays (in chronological order).
Test Matches: Patsy Hendren, Reg Simpson, Peter Richardson, Graeme Pollock, Lee Ervine, Imran Khan, Chris Lewis, Andrew Hudson, Alec Stewart, Jason Gillespie, Ramnaresh Sarwan
One-day International: Vinod kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuria, Ross Taylor