Nair becomes the third batsmen after West Indies Gary Sobers and Australia’s Bob Simpson to convert his maiden ton into a triple century.
Karun Nair entered record books by becoming the second Indian batsman after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Test cricket. It took only three tests for Nair to score his maiden test century. Nair also became the third batsmen after West Indies Gary Sobers and Australia’s Bob Simpson to convert his maiden ton into a triple century. His innings comprised 32 boundaries and four sixes as India finally declared their score for 759/7 and now lead by 282 runs against England in the fourth test at Chennai. Nair became the quickest to score a triple test century in three test innings whereas England’s Len Hutton had reached this landmark in nine innings. He hit leg spinner Adil Rashid through cover for his 32nd four to reach the landmark. Indian captain Virat Kohli immediately declared India’s innings after Nair completed his triple century.
Nair also became the quickest to score a double century for India as he achieved the milestone in his third innings surpassing Vinod Kambli who completed this record in his fourth innings. Interestingly, Karun Nair made his debut against England in the third Test of the ongoing series but failed to score much. In the two Tests that he had played before this one, the Rajasthan-born Karnataka player could garner only 17 runs from two innings. Cricketing fraternity and netizens congratulated Nair for creating history.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag posted, “Yay ! Welcome to the 300 club @karun126 . It was very lonely here for the last 12 years 8 months. Wish you the very best Karun.Maza aa gaya!”
Cricket commnetator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “Welcome to the 300 club youngster. Not a bad way to announce yourself into international cricket .#KarunNair Wish you many more runs.”
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh posted, “What an effort. Keep rocking. His first test hundred and that’s 300 not out. God bless.”
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle posted,
“Welcome to the 300 club youngster.” ✔@henrygayle
Former Australian cricketer
Tom Moody said, “Take a bow quality triple 100. India never short of batting talent, another emerges.” ✔@TomMoodyCricket
Kiran Kumar S said, “A Malayalee born in Rajasthan, plays for Karnataka and created an Indian record in Tamil Nadu. And wins every Indian’s heart.”
Journalist Rajat Sharma said, “Congratulations. Nair on being India’s first cricketer to convert maiden Test century into a triple hundred.”
Gautam Gambhir posted, “A brilliantly paced knock by a really talented young batsman! Congratulations @karun126 on a truly splendid knock!”
BCCI president Anurag Thakur said, “What a day 4 India at Chepauk. @karun126 heartiest congratulations on this marvelous 300. 2nd Indian to achieve after Virendra Sehwag.”
Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra, “Whoa….Mount Everest Climbed Again. Triple century in only his third Test innings. Unbelievable stuff. Well played, Karun Nair.”
Karun had entered the pavilion after the dismissal of Virat Kohli with India 211/3 and was involved in a century run partnerships with Rahul. Initially Nair made a cautious start and remained watchful and played deliveries on its merit. After settling down he increased his scoring rate and took India to a commanding position.