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Indians in First-Class cricket: List of 300s scored

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Virender Sehwag remains India’s only triple-centurion © Getty Images

By Bharath Seervi

On this day in 2004, Virender Sehwag scored a majestic 309 against Pakistan in Multan to become the first Indian to score a triple century in a Test match. Even before the Nawab of Najafgarh reached the landmark with a cracking six over long on against Saqlain Mushtaq, Indian cricket has had many decorated names scoring triple-centuries in first-class cricket.

Here is a list of all the 300s by Indians in First-Class cricket. Below are the inning wise, team wise, opposition wise, batting order wise and more distributions.

316*- Vijay Hazare
Maharashtra vs Baroda, Poona, 1939/40

309 – Vijay Hazare
The Rest vs Hindus, Bombay (BS), 1943/44

359*- Vijay Merchant
Bombay vs Maharashtra, Bombay (BS), 1943/44

319 – Gul Mohammad
Baroda vs Holkar, Baroda, 1946/47

443*- Bhausaheb Nimbalkar
Maharashtra vs Kathiawar, Poona, 1948/49

300*- Imtiaz Ahmed
India Prime Minister’s XI vs Commonwealth XI’s, Bombay (BS), 1950/51

323 – Ajit Wadekar
Bombay vs Mysore, Bombay (BS), 1966/67

340 – Sunil Gavaskar
Bombay vs Bengal, Bombay (WS), 1981/82

303*- Abdul Azeem
Hyderabad vs Tamil Nadu, Secunderabad, 1986/87

320 – Raman Lamba
North Zone vs West Zone, Bhilai, 1987/88

313 – Woorkeri Raman
Tamil Nadu vs Goa, Panaji, 1988/89

302*- A Kripal Singh
Tamil Nadu vs Goa, Panaji, 1988/89

377 – Sanjay Manjrekar
Bombay vs Hyderabad, Bombay (WS), 1990/91

366 – MV Sridhar
Hyderabad vs Andhra, Secunderabad, 1993/94

312 – Raman Lamba
Delhi vs Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, 1994/95

314*- Wasim Jaffer
Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Rajkot, 1996/97

301*- VVS Laxman
Hyderabad vs Bihar, Jamshedpur, 1997/98

323 – Devang Gandhi
Bengal vs Assam, Guwahati, 1998/99

305*- Pankaj Dharmani
Punjab vs J&K, Ludhiana, 1999/00

353 – VVS Laxman
Hyderabad vs Karnataka, Bangalore, 1999/00

308*- Dinesh Mongia
Punjab vs J&K, Jalandhar, 2000/01

300*- Gagan Khoda
Central Zone vs South Zone, Panaji, 2000/01

309 – Virender Sehwag
India vs Pakistan, Multan, 2003/04

300*- Shib Sundar Das
Orissa vs J&K, Cuttack, 2006/07

306*- Sreekumar Nair
Kerala vs Services, Palakkad, 2007/08

319 – Virender Sehwag
India vs South Africa, Chennai, 2007/08

300*- Abhinav Mukund
Tamil Nadu vs Maharashtra, Nasik, 2008/09

302*- Cheteshwar Pujara
Saurashtra vs Orissa, Rajkot, 2008/09

301 – Wasim Jaffer
Mumbai vs Saurashtra, Chennai, 2008/09

312 – Sunny Singh
Haryana vs Madhya Pradesh, Indore, 2009/10

309*- Rohit Sharma
Mumbai vs Gujarat, Mumbai (BS), 2009/10

301*- Aakash Chopra
Rajasthan vs Maharashtra, Nasik, 2010/11

314 – Ravindra Jadeja
Saurashtra vs Orissa, Cuttack, 2011/12

327 – Kedar Jadhav
Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh, Pune, 2012/13

303*- Ravindra Jadeja
Saurashtra vs Gujarat, Surat, 2012/13

331 – Ravindra Jadeja
Saurashtra vs Railways, Rajkot, 2012/13

352 – Cheteshwar Pujara
Saurashtra vs Karnataka, Rajkot, 2012/13

300*- Taruwar Kohli
Punjab vs Jharkhand, Jamshedpur, 2012/13

306*- Cheteshwar Pujara
India A vs West Indies A, Hubli, 2013/14

Facts & Trivia

# Kumar Duleepsinghji scored 333 for Sussex vs Northamptonshire in 1930. He was born in India, but played Cricket for England. His knock is not included in the above list.

# Hazare’s 309 resulted in a loss by an inning for his team. It is the only triple century by an Indian in a lost First-Class match. And it is the only inning in First-Class history which resulted in an innings defeat for the team. There have been 5 other triple centuries which resulted in defeats – 343* PA Perrin (1904), 338* RC Blunt (1931/32), 319 RR Rossouw (2009/10), 312 JER Gallian (1996) and 301* Peter Fulton (2002/03).

# Hazare scored 309 out of the 387 runs aggregated by his team, which is 79.85 % of the team’s runs.

# Imtiaz Ahmed’s 300* and Vijay Hazare’s 309 were while following on.Only other two triple centuries while following on in a First-Class match are 344 by WG Grace in 1876 (It was the first ever 300 in an FC match) and 337 by Hanif Mohammad in 1957/58 (Test).

# Imtiaz is the only wicketkeeper-batsman to score a triple century in an FC match among Indians.

# Bhausaheb Nimbalkar’s 443* is still the only quadruple century in First-Class Cricket by an Indian. It is the 4th highest individual score in First-Class Cricket.

# Hazare’s 309, Imtiaz’s 300* and Pujara’s 352 were in the second inning of their teams. Other six cricketers to score a triple century in the second inning are – Don Bradman (452*), WG Grace (344), RC Blunt (338*), Hanif Mohammad (337), Mal Loye (322*) and Clyde Walcott (314*).

# AG Kripal Singh’s 302* was scored while batting at No.7. It is the lowest batting position where an Indian has scored a triple century in First-Class cricket. Also it is the highest score by a No.7 in First-Class Cricket history.

# WV Raman’s 313 and Kripal Singh’s 302* were in the same inning.

# 850 runs were scored while MV Sridhar was at the wicket. It is the record in First-Class history. Only others to be at crease for 800+ runs of their teams: 811 runs – R Abel in his 357* for Surrey vs Somerset in 1899, 802 runs – Brian Lara in his 501* for Warwickshire vs Durham in 1994 (6 months after MV Sridhar’s 366) and 801 runs – Bill Ponsford in his 429 for Victoria vs Tasmania in 1922/23.

# Kripal Singh’s 302* consisted only of 20 fours, which is 80 runs among those 302 (26.49%). It is the lowest boundaries share among all the triple centuries by Indians in First-Class cricket. Next lowest is Dinesh Mongia’s 308* which consisted of 15 fours and five sixes — 90 runs (29.22 %).

# Sehwag is the only Indian to score a 300 in Test Cricket — He scored two.

# Sehwag is also the only Indian to score a 300 in First Class Cricket outside India (309 at Multan).

# Pujara after his triple century (302*) scored 189 and 176 in next two consecutive innings. His 3 consecutive 175+ scores in First-Class Cricket was the 3rd such occasion after WG Grace (344,177,318*) and Clem Hill (176,205,185). Recently, Joe Root (182, 236, 179) became the 4th to join this list.

# Pujara (352) and T Kohli (300*) reached their 300 on the same day, 10th Jan 2013, but in different matches.

# Jadeja’s 314 consisted of 9 sixes, which is the most by an Indian while scoring a Triple Century in First-Class cricket.

# Hazare’s inning of 316* was in 387 minutes, it is the shortest inning of all the 39 triple centuries by Indians in First-Class cricket.

# Pujara’s 352 is the second highest individual score in team’s second inning in First-Class history. The leader is Bradman who scored 452* for New South Wales (NSW) against Queensland in 1929-30.

# Taruwar Kohli’s 300* were scored in 823 mintues, which is the longest inning of a triple century by Indians in First-Class cricket. However the longest inning in First-Class cricket by an Indian and overall is 1015 minutes by Rajeev Nayyar in his 271 for HP vs J&K in 1999/2000. (He is the only player to bat for 1000+ minutes in a First-Class inning.)

# Gul Mohammad, Ajit Wadekar, Woorkeri Raman, Dinesh Mongia, Sreekumar Nair, Abhinav Mukund & Ravindra Jadeja are the seven left-handed batsmen while rest 23 players are right-handers.

# 30 Triple Centuries by right-handers (23) while nine by left-handed batsmen (7).

# Laxman and Jadeja were involved in five matches in which a triple century was scored.

# Youngest to score a triple century in FC among the Indians is Wasim Jaffer, aged 18years, 8months and 22 days  in 1996.

# Oldest to score a triple century in FC among the Indians is Raman Lamba. He reached his second triple century on his 35th birthday in 1995.

# Fastest triple century in terms of Minutes is BB Nimbalkar’s 443*. He reached the 300 run mark in 334 minutes.

# Fastest triple century in terms of balls faced is Sehwag’s 319. He reached the 300 run mark in 278 balls.

# Pujara brought up his 3rd triple century on 11th October 2013. It is the earliest date of Indian First-Class season on which a player has scored a Triple Century. The only other player to bring up his triple century in the month of October is Lamba. He scored 320 on 25th October 1987.

In Tournament Finals

309 – Vijay Hazare in Bombay Pentangular Tournament, 1943/44

319 – Gul Mohammad in Ranji Trophy, 1946/47

320 – Raman Lamba in Duleep Trophy, 1987/88

In Tournament Semi Finals

323 – Ajit Wadekar in Ranji Trophy, 1966/67

377 - Sanjay Manjrekar in Ranji Trophy, 1990/91

301*-Wasim Jaffer in Ranji Trophy, 2008/09

Most 300s by Indians in First-Class Cricket

3 – Ravindra Jadeja & Cheteshwar Pujara

2 – Vijay Hazare, Raman Lamba, VVS Laxman, Wasim Jaffer & Virender Sehwag

Best Bowling in an inning while scoring a triple century

4/125 – Ravindra Jadeja (303*)

3/109 - Ravindra Jadeja (311)

3/119 – Vijay Hazare (309)

Batting Position wise Distribution

13 – Opener (1&2)

11 – No.3

9 – No.4

5 – No.5

1 – No.7

Match Result wise Distribution

25 – Drawn

13 – Won (All wins were innings wins except one)

1 - Lost (Also by an Inning)

Tournament Wise Distribution

32Ranji Trophy

2Duleep Trophy

2 – Test Cricket

1 – Bombay Pentangular Tournament

1 – Commonwealth XI in India and Ceylon

1 – India A vs West Indies A

Dismissal Analysis Distribution

20 – Not Out

14 – Caught (2 Caught & Bowled)

3 – Stumped

2 – Bowled

Match Innings Wise Distribution

17 – 1st Inning

19 – 2nd Inning

3 – 3rd Inning

Highest Individual Scores by Indians in First Class Cricket

Player HS
Bhausaheb Nimbalkar 443*
Sanjay Manjrekar 377
MV Sridhar 366
Vijay Merchant 359*
VVS Laxman 353
Cheteshwar Pujara 352

Most 300s in First Class Cricket

6 – Sir Donald Bradman

4 – Bill Ponsford & Wally Hammond

3 – WG Grace, Graeme Hick, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara

Most 300s in a single First Class Season

2 – WG Grace (1876/77), Bill Ponsford (1927/28), Sir Donald Bradman (1935/36) and Ravindra Jadeja (2012/13)

Team Wise Distribution

7 – Mumbai/Bombay

5 – Saurashtra

4 – Hyderabad

3 – Maharashtra

3 – Punjab

3 – Tamil Nadu

2 – India

1 – Baroda

1 – Bengal

1 – Central Zone

1 – Delhi

1 – Haryana

1 – India A

1 – India Prime Minister’s XI

1 – Kerala

1 – North Zone

1 – Orissa

1 – Rajasthan

1 – The Rest of India

39 – Total

Opposition wise Distribution

3 – Jammu & Kashmir

3 – Karnataka/Mysore

3 – Maharashtra

2 – Goa

2 – Gujarat

2 – Orissa

2 – Saurashtra

1 – Andhra

1 – Assam

1 – Baroda

1 – Bengal

1 – Bihar

1 – Commonwealth XI

1 – Himachal Pradesh

1 – Hindus

1 – Holkar

1 – Hyderabad

1 – Jharkhand

1 – Kathiawar

1 – Madhya Pradesh

1 – Pakistan

1 – Railways

1 – Services

1 – South Africa

1 – South Zone

1 – Tamil Nadu

1 – Uttar Pradesh

1 – West Indies A

1 – West Zone

Venue Wise Distribution

5 – Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium

3 – Panaji

2 – Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium

2 – Chennai

2 – Cuttack

2 – Jamshedpur

2 – Nasik

2 – Poona

2 – Rajkot, Khanderi Cricket Stadium

2 – Secunderabad

1 – Bangalore

1 – Baroda

1 – Bhilai

1 – Delhi

1 – Guwahati

1 – Hubli

1 – Indore

1 – Jalandhar

1 – Ludhiana

1 – Multan (Pakistan)

1 – Palakkad

1 – Pune

1 – Rajkot, Municipal Stadium

1 – Rajkot, Saurashtra University Ground

1 – Surat

Season Wise Distribution

5 – 2012/13

3 – 2008/09

2 – 1943/44

2 – 1988/89

2 – 1999/00

2 – 2000/01

2 – 2007/08

2 – 2009/10

1 – 1939/40

1 – 1946/47

1 – 1948/49

1 – 1950/51

1 – 1966/67

1 – 1981/82

1 – 1986/87

1 – 1987/88

1 – 1990/91

1 – 1993/94

1 – 1994/95

1 – 1996/97

1 – 1997/98

1 – 1998/99

1 – 2003/04

1 – 2006/07

1 – 2010/11

1 – 2011/12

1 – 2013/14* (Season Not Completed yet)

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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