Karun Nair became second Indian to score triple century in Tests

Dec 19, 2016 17:27 IST

karun nair Indian cricketer Karun Nair on 19 December 2016 scored triple century in first innings of the fifth and final test-match against England. The match is being played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

With this, Nair became the second Indian batsmen to score triple century in tests. Earlier, Virendra Sehwag scored two triple centuries in test matches.

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Karun Nair’s unbeaten 303 helped India to reach 759/7 score. This score also helped India to lead England by 282 runs.

In the first innings of the match England scored 477 runs.

Fete achieved by Nair and India on the day includes

• 759 for 7 wickets (declared) is India’s highest score in Test cricket. Previous highest was 726 for nine (declared) in 2009 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai

• It is also highest first-innings deficit overcome by India in Tests versus England

• It is also highest total versus England in Tests

• Nair is the first Indian to convert a maiden hundred into a triple century. He is also the third the batsman to convert his maiden century into the triple. Others are Garry Sobers (365 not out in 1958) and Bob Simpson (311 in 1964).

• At the age of 25 years 13 days, Nair is also the youngest Indian to score a Test triple century

• His 303 not-out is also the highest score by an Asian as maiden Test century.

• He is also the first Indian batsman to score 300 from number 5 or lower.

Few highlights of triple century in Test cricket

• In the test cricket history, a triple century has been scored by 26 different batsmen on 30 different occasions.

• These triple centuries were scored by batsmen from eight of the ten test cricket playing nations. No cricketer from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh has scored 300.

• The First cricketer to score a triple century was Andy Sandham of England. He scored the triple century against West Indies in 1930 in a Test hosted by West Indies.

Quickest Triple Century: It was scored by Wally Hammond of England in 1932-33 against New Zealand in Auckland. He scored his triple century in 4 hours and 48 minutes.

Fastest Test triple-century by a number of balls faced: Virendra Sehwag’s triple century in 278-balls against South Africa in the first Test of the Future Cup in Chennai in 2008 is the fastest triple century by number of balls faced.

• Players to score triple century more than once are Donald Bradman of Australia, Brian Lara and Chris Gayle of the West Indies, and Virender Sehwag of India.

• Lara's 400 not out against England in 2004, his second Test triple-century, is the highest score in Test cricket and the only instance of a Test quadruple century.

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