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Bowlers in cricket are responsible for getting batsmen out. Their job is to concede less runs and pick wickets. General perception about bowlers is that, they can't survive long in the pitch and does not score a lot of runs. However, several bowlers broke that myth and went on to play some unforgettable knocks and scored centuries in their career. Those innings remain special to every cricket lovers across the world, and here are such instances where a bowler scored a century for his team.
1. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas was one of the most successful bowlers for Sri Lanka. Vaas had the privilege of displaying his batting skills to the entire world and was highly successful in his efforts against Bangladesh. It was his 97th test match. He played 169 deliveries to score his maiden and only century till date. Vaas hit 7 boundaries and batted for 213 minutes to accomplish his mission. It was an outstanding innings from him and he helped Sri Lanka win the match by an innings and 234 runs.
2. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is an excellent all-rounder. He has proved to the world, that he can contribute both with the bat and the ball. In the 4th test between England and Pakistan in 2010, he played the innings of his life. He scored 169 runs and hit 18 boundaries and a six. He batted for 7 hours and faced nearly 300 deliveries. Along with his century, he also scalped 3 wickets in that match. He thus paved the way for England's victory and got the player of the match award.
3. Mitchell Johnson
Johnson was one of the most dangerous bowlers in world cricket. However, at times, he could contribute equally with the bat. One such occasion was when Australia faced South Africa in the third test during 2009. Australia had a follow-on and was batting in their second innings to avoid a shameful defeat. Australian batsmen were unable to survive the African bowlers. Mitchell Johnson came to bat and was in an outstanding form. He scored 123 runs from 103 balls to obtain his maiden century. It was an outstanding innings and spectators all over the world appreciated his efforts. Even though Australia lost the match, this innings of Johnson will always be special.
4. Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav is a very talented and promising cricketer for India. He has played only three test matches for his country and has scored a century. He came to bat at 9th position and played 204 deliveries to score 104 runs. It was a classy innings from the youngster. He hit 15 boundaries and made the English bowlers work hard for his wicket. He also picked a wicket and was instrumental for India to win the match. We can expect many more such innings from him in the future.
5. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock has the record for scoring the most number of test centuries when batting at number 9 position and in fact, he's the only player to score 2 test centuries when batting at number 9 position. In tests, he scored centuries against West Indies and Sri Lanka. He also scored a century in ODI while playing against Asia XI. His all-round performances helped him to captain his the national team. He was one of the best cricketers that the South African team has ever produced.
6. Jack Gregory
Jack Gregory was an Australian cricketer and was an excellent bowler for his team. He played 24 matches and picked 85 wickets. In 1921 he scored a century from 67 balls in 70 minutes, which was at the time the fastest hundred in terms of both balls faced and minutes taken in the history of Test cricket. He scored two centuries and 7 half-centuries playing for Australia. He was Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1922.
7. Anil Kumble
Kumble, at present is the third most successful bowler in test cricket. He captained his team and has several records on his resume. However, Kumble surprised the entire world when he decided to hammer the English bowlers in England and scored his first century in world cricket. He scored 110 runs and helped India post a total of 664. He was the only person in that innings to reach the three figure mark. He also picked 5 wickets and became the man of the match.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin is one of the best spinners in world cricket today. However, he has proved that he can be equally handy with the bat also. Ashwin has scored 4 centuries so far, and three times India has won the contest. His highest score in test cricket is 124 runs. He was the number one all-rounder for a long span of time. His ability to contribute equally with the bat and the ball, makes him highly valuable for the entire team.
9. Wasim Akram
Akram was an excellent bolwer and was a nightmare for his opponents. But, he also surprised people occasionally with the bat and scored three centuries for his team. He is one of those rare bowlers who scored a double century in their career. He won several man of the match awards and helped Pakistan snatch victories against any and every team. His batting and bowling performances made him a larger than life player and an inspiration to several cricketers across the globe.
10. Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarakar is a former Indian bowler who had an impeccable record. He however, shook the entire world when he displayed his scintillating batting performance and scored 109 (not out) against England. It was maiden and only century ever. India lost the match, but his performance gave India the edge to fight the English team in their soil.
11. Jason gillespie
Gillespie was a very valuable bowler for Australia. However, in a match against Bangladesh in 2006, he scored his debut century. He scored 201 runs in that innings and gave the crowd their money's worth. His innings was a well decorated one and his overall performance in the match with both bat and ball, helped Australia win the match in a handsome fashion.