April 5: MS Dhoni hits 1st international century, Waugh brothers become first pair of twins to play a Test together

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MS Dhoni announced his big entry into the international scene with a maiden international hundred, his famous 148 (123) against Pakistan, on April 5 in 2005. Dhoni was run out for a duck on his international debut for India on December 23 of the preceding year, in an ODI against Bangladesh in Chattogram.

After getting run out for 0 on debut against Bangladesh, Dhoni managed 12, 7 not out and 3 in his next three ODIs in which he came in to bat at No. 7. However, captain Sourav Ganguly and the team management decided to try something different by promoting Dhoni to No. 3.

16 years ago, on this day, Dhoni decided to not let his name fade away into oblivion and the rest is history. A 23-year-old Dhoni came in after the fall of Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket in just the 4th over after Ganguly elected to bat first against Pakistan in the Vizag ODI.

Dhoni formed instrumental stands with Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid to form partnerships of 96 and 149 runs, respectively. His 148 off 123 balls included 15 fours and 4 sixes, displaying the wide range of shots he was capable of playing during his knock. At the time it was the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper and the 3rd highest overall behind Adam Gilchrist’s 172 and 154.

WAUGH BROTHERS CREATE HISTORY

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While Dhoni made it remarkable in 2005, what makes April 5 a historic day in cricket is that the Waugh brothers, Steve and Mark, became the first pair of twins to feature in a Test match together.

Steve and Mark Waugh played their first Test match together for Australia on April 5, 1991. The pair of twins achieved the feat against West Indies in the third Test at Trinidad.

The rubber between Australia and West Indies ended in a draw. In the game against West Indies, Steve Waugh managed to score 26 runs and he did not get a chance to bat in the second innings.

Meanwhile, brother Mark managed to play a knock of 64 runs in the first innings. The Waugh brothers eventually went on to play 108 Test matches together.

Steve Waugh, a World Cup-winning captain of Australia, went on to play 168 Tests and 325 ODIs for Australia while brother Mark featured in 128 Tests and 244 ODIs.