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Karun Nair became the youngest Indian to score a triple ton IANS

Karun Nair smashed a triple century in the ongoing fifth Test of the series against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai. The 25-year-old batsman started the day on 71 and notched his maiden Test century in the morning session. But he was not going to settle for that, and went on to reach 200 runs. The double century looked like a launchpad since Nair stroked his way to score the next 100 runs in just 75 balls. Nair’s sensational triple ton came off only 381 balls and was laced with 32 fours and 4 sixes. Nair’s knock was the second 200 plus score in the series of after skipper Virat Kohli hit a majestic 235 in the fourth Test in Mumbai. Throughout this magnificent knock by Nair, many records were broken and created. Let us take a look:

Nair became the 26th batsman to score a triple-ton, 2nd from India and 7th to do so against England. He also became the 9th batsman to remain unbeaten after scoring 300 in Tests after Wally Hammond (336* vs New Zealand in 1932-33), Garry Sobers (365* vs Pakistan in 1957-58), John Edrich (310* vs New Zealand in 1965), Mark Taylor (334* vs Pakistan in 1998-99), Brian Lara (400* vs England in 2003-04), Michael Clarke (329* vs India in 2011-12) and Azhar Ali (302* vs West Indies in 2016-17).

Nair’s unbeaten 303 is the 3rd highest score by an Indian batsman. His 303 is only behind Sehwag’s 319 and 309. During his knock, Nair went past the likes of VVS Laxman’s 281, Rahul Dravid s 270, Sachin Tendulkar s 248 and Sourav Ganguly s 239.

Nair batted with five batsmen throughout his knock KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav. He had four 60 plus partnerships with all of them. Excluding Umesh, Nair partnered with rest four for more than 60 runs each. He was also involved in three 135 plus partnerships with Rahul, Ashwin and Jadeja. Nair also had two 150 plus partnerships with Rahul and Ashwin.

Nair’s strike-rate of 79.52 is the 4th best by any batsman scoring 300 plus in an innings after Sehwag (319 vs South Africa at 104.93 and 309 vs Pakistan at 82.40) and Matthew Hayden (380 vs Zimbabwe at 86.95).

Nair faced 381 deliveries during throughout his knock, which is the 7th most by an Indian batsman against England after Sunil Gavaskar (472 balls in 1981-82 and 443 in 1979), Dravid (468 in 2002-03), Ravi Shastri (436 in 1990), Vinod Kambli (411 in 1992-93) and Cheteshwar Pujara (389 in 2012-13).

Nair’s 303 not out is now the 3rd highest score by a batsman at No. 5 in Tests. He also became the 4th batsman to score a triple-ton at No. 5 after Clarke (329* mentioned above), Don Bradman (304 vs England at 1933-34) and Brendon McCullum (302 vs India in 2013-14). Previous top score by an Indian at No. 5 was of unbeaten 200 by Laxman against Australia in 2008-09.

Nair became the 3rd cricketer to convert his maiden 100 to triple-ton.

Player Runs Team Against Venue Season
Garry Sobers 365* West Indies Pakistan Sabina Park 1957-58
Bobby Simpson 311 Australia England Old Trafford 1964
Karun Nair 303* India England Chepauk 2016-17

Nair became the 1st player to hit a triple-ton in a Ranji Trophy final and in Tests as well.

Out of 303, Nair scored 232 on Day Four, which is the 3rd most by an Indian batsman in a day of Test after Sehwag (284 out of 293 vs Sri Lanka in 2009-10 and 257 out of 319 vs South Africa in 2007-08). Overall, Nair’s 232 on Day Four are the 10th most runs scored in a day in Tests.

At 25 years 10 days, Nair became the youngest Indian to score a triple century in Tests. Sehwag was the 1st Indian to score a triple ton and he did that at the age of 25 years 160 days. Overall, Nair is the 6th youngest batsman to score a triple century in Tests after Sobers (365* at 21y 213d), Bradman (334 at 21y 318d), Len Hutton (364 at 22y 58d), Hanif Mohammad (337 at 23y 27d) and Brian Lara (375 at 24y 349d).

Nair’s 303 not out is the highest score by an Indian batsman against England. Recently, Kohli’s 235 became the highest by an Indian against England on December 11, 2016 but it took only 8 days to get the record broken. Overall, Nair’s unbeaten 303 is the 8th highest score by a batsman against England in Tests after Lara’s 400* and 375, Bradman’s 334 and 304, Hashim Amla’s 311*, Bob Simpson’s 311 and Bob Cowper’s 307.