Left-handed Chawla, playing for Somerset County Cricket Club, hit 112 against Middlesex on the second day of the four-day game of Division One County Championship at Lord's on Thursday (August 29).
The team dressing rooms at Lord's have honours boards which have the names of batsmen scoring centuries in Tests and bowlers taking five wickets in a Test innings or 10 in the match.
Though Chawla's efforts won't put his name on the honours board, he has a first-class hundred to boast of at the 'home of cricket'. Tendulkar could not achieve that in his 5 Tests and 3 ODIs at the venue. His best in Test at the ground was 37 and 30 in ODI. However, he did score a century (125) for Rest of the World against MCC in a one-day charity game in 1998.
Batting at number nine, Chawla scored 112 off 170 balls with 12 fours and two sixes. His efforts with the bat took Somerset to 449 all out in 136 overs in the first innings.
In reply, Middlesex were bowled out for 106. Chawla was impressive with the ball too. He took three wickets for just eight runs in 4.5 overs with his leg-spin. Following on, Middlesex were 52/2 at close of play.
Chawla called it "priceless" to hit a ton at Lord's. "It's an amazing feeling after scoring a 100 at Lord's. It's hard to explain what it means. The applause you get from the crowd while walking the corridors at Lord's - it's just priceless," the Uttar Pradesh all-rounder told "The Indian Express.
"Those who score a first-class hundred at Lord's do not get their name on the honours board but at least I can tell my children in the future that I have a hundred at Lord's," he added.