Chennai:Opener Andrew Strauss on Sunday became the 10th English batsman and the 51st overall to hit hundreds in both innings of a Test match when he reached the triple figure against India here.
Strauss, who scored 123 in the first innings and followed it up with a 108-run knock in the second innings in the ongoing first Test, joined prolific run getters like Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting, who have achieved the feat on three occasions.
Strauss, who missed the feat in 2004 in his debut match against the West Indies at Lord's when he was run out 17 runs short of a second innings century, put on a resolute performance in the first innings when others had failed to stay at the crumbling wicket here.
Strauss had his share of luck when he was dropped by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 15 on the third day of the Test yesterday. He flourished thereafter to cross the 100-mark with a flick off Zaheer Khan to mid on. He eventually fell to a Harbhajan Singh delivery in the post-lunch session.
Strauss now has 14 centuries to his credit in Test cricket.
The right-hander was recalled to the England Test squad for the 2008 tour of New Zealand after being omitted from the party which toured Sri Lanka earlier this year.
He repaid the faith by becoming only the second batsman in the history to have scored centuries in each innings at Chepauk.
Sri Lankan Duleep Mendis (105 in each innings) is the only other batsman to have achieved the feat here.
Strauss also put together the highest-ever partnership for the fourth wicket stand here by a visiting team in the company of Paul Collingwood when the duo put on 214 runs.
The duo bettered the earlier best of Dean Jones and Allan Border -- 178 in the famous tied Test (second in the history of cricket) here in 1987.
The other England players to have hit hundreds in both innings of a Test match are -- Charles Russel, Herbert Sutcliffe, Wally Hammond, Eddie Paynter, Dennis Crompton, Graham Gooch, Alex Stewart, Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick.