Karun Nair tread rare territory by becoming only the third Test batsman to convert his maiden hundred into a triple century, emulating West Indies legend Gary Sobers and Australia great Bob Simpson.
The 25-year-old became only the second Indian batsman to score a Test triple century — Virender Sehwag scored two — as he smashed England’s hapless bowling on the fourth day of the final Test against England, reaching the landmark nearing stumps on Monday.
He hit leg spinner Adil Rashid through cover for his 32nd four to reach the landmark. India declared at the score of 759 for seven once he completed his triple ton.
Karun Nair joined special company as Sobers hit a then world record 365 not out as a 21-year-old against Pakistan in 1958 while former Australia skipper Simpson had made 311.
The batsman had avoided the heartbreak of opener KL Rahul’s dismissal for 199 and powered ahead as a host of batting records fell on a flat MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch.
Karun Nair became only India’s second batsman to score a Test triple century. He also scored India’s second Test triple century at the venue, Virender Sehwag having amassed 319 against South Africa in 2008. Sehwag has two triple centuries.
On 195 at tea, he hammered the bowling with many improvised shots in the final session, becoming only India’s second batsman to score a triple century with a
Karun Nair, who made his debut in the series after coming in as an injury replacement for Rohit Sharma, had emulated Dilip Sardesai (200* vs New Zealand, 1965) and Vinod Kambli (224 v England, 1993), the other two Indian batsmen to achieve the feat of turning their first century into a double.
India had surpassed their highest ever Test score of 726/9 declared, made against England in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium in 2009.
Karun Nair, five short of the landmark at tea, struck Keaton Jennings to the cover fence for his 23rd boundary to reach the double hundred, raising the bat as the bat raced across the field. He also struck a six in his seven-and-half hour effort, facing 306 balls.
Runs came in a torrent after that break as India pushed to pull off only their second ever 4-0 series victory.