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Slowest Test Century in Cricket History | Balls and Minutes

Slowest Test Century: Only a real cricket fan will understand and enjoy the cricket’s longest format – Test.

The record of the slowest century in Test cricket is quite an unwanted record for a player it shows that it took a batsman a long time to achieve the feat. Probably, he was battling to save the match and had to take up as many balls as possible.

During the first Test of England’s tour of Pakistan in December 1977, Pakistan opener Mudassar Nazar scored 114 off 449 deliveries; an innings which lasted a whopping 591 minutes. He took nearly 10 hours in what is the slowest 100 in Test.

In terms of Indian players, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar holds the record for the slowest test century by an Indian player. It was during the Indian cricket team’s only Test against Zimbabwe in October 1992 that Sanjay Manjrekar scored the fifth slowest Test century.

Also read: Top 20 Fastest Centuries in One Day International(ODI) Cricket Format

Slowest Test Century

Player Balls faced for Hundred Country Against
Mudassar Nazar 419 Pakistan England
Thilan Samaraweera 408 Sri Lanka England
Jimmy Adams 365 West Indies Zimbabwe
Clive Radley 396 England New Zealand
Sanjay Manjrekar 397 India Zimbabwe

Slowest Test Century in terms of Minutes

Minutes Player Match Location Year
557 Mudassar Nazar Pakistan v England Lahore 1977-78
545 DJ McGlew South Africa v Australia Durban 1957-58
535 AP Gurusinha Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Harare 1994-95
516 JJ Crowe New Zealand v Sri Lanka Colombo (CCC) 1986-87
500 SV Manjrekar India v Zimbabwe Harare 1992-93
488 PE Richardson England v South Africa Johannesburg 1956-57
458 KWR Fletcher England v Pakistan The Oval 1974

Slowest Double Hundred in Test

Balls Min Player Match Venue Year
548 777 DSBP Kuruppu (201*) Sri Lanka v New Zealand Colombo (CCC) 1986-87
524 433 D Houghton (266) Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Bulawayo 1994-95
522 741 G Kirsten (275) South Africa v England Durban 1999-00
520 654 G Flower (201*) Zimbabwe v Pakistan Harare 1994-95
488 671 NS Sidhu (201) India v West Indies Port-of-Spain 1996-97
484 650 S Campbell (208) West Indies v New Zealand Bridgetown 1995-96
451 652 MS Atapattu (207*) Sri Lanka v Pakistan Kandy 2000-01
426 652 AD Gaekwad (201) India v Pakistan Jalandhar 1983-84
411 656 Shoaib Mohammad (203*) Pakistan v New Zealand Karachi 1990-91

Slowest Triple Hundred in Test

Min Player Match Venue Year
858 Hanif Mohammad (337) Pakistan v West Indies Bridgetown 1957-58
753 RB Simpson (311) Australia v England Manchester 1964
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