Scoring a century on debut match is a dream many cricketers dream of, but only few get to achieve it. Holding the nerves and bringing your best performance on the international stage isn’t possible for everyone. Still, plenty of cricketers have achieved this feat in the past. Perhaps the best of them all was Shikhar Dhawan’s century at Mohali against Australia. It was the fastest century on debut and the left-hander went on to add 87 runs to his tally after reaching the three-figure mark.
Recently, a similar type of innings was played by Overton against New Zealand. But unfortunately, the 28-year-old fell agonizingly short of the milestone – just three runs away. While it has been a fantastic debut for the all-rounder, a ton would had surely made it more special. Nonetheless, Overton bowled a brilliant spell with the ball later on in the day, dismissing Tom Latham on 76. The way he welcomed Conway on the crease was remarkable too, as he hit him with a bouncer, setting the tone for an incredible session for the hosts.
Understandably, Overton attracted more attention and chatter for missing out on a century. In a press conference after the end of day’s play, he was asked about the situation and what went on in his head after the dimissial. Overton came out as refreshingly positive, stating that the ball was there to be hit, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
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“Obviously I was very disappointed getting out on 97,” he said. “But me and Jonny put us in a great position [a partnership of 241 – a new record for the seventh wicket]. And that knock from Broady (42) coming in and getting us into a lead has put us in a great place going into the second innings. It was obviously disappointing but I feel I’ve contributed to the team more than enough.
I was tossing and turning for quite a lot,” he admitted. “I’m always going to be a little bit nervous but I felt like I was in sort of in a great place this morning and just didn’t quite get over the line. The ball was there to hit and I just hit it to the wrong place.
I think that last session put us right in the box seat. We would like to go back out there at the end but couldn’t quite get out there with the with the covers needing time to get them off.”