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Karun Nair became the 27th cricketer and 8th Indian to score more than one First-Class triple-hundreds.

The fourth day of the fifth and final Test of the series between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai once again ended in hosts favour. India resumed their batting on Day Four at 391 for 4 with Karun Nair and Murali Vijay at crease. The duo added 44 more before Vijay departed for 29. Further, Nair built another partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin. The pair added 181 runs for 6th wicket. In between Nair completed his maiden double ton. Soon Ashwin departed after an impressive 67. This was followed by another brilliant partnership between Nair and Ravindra Jadeja. They added 138 runs before Jadeja fell, Nair had came close to his maiden triple-ton as well. Nair finally completed a stunning triple-ton, and Virat Kohli declared immediately with the team score on 759 for 7 and with a lead of 282 runs. The entire day was full of records and Abhishek Kumar present some of those from this day’s play.

The score of 759 for 7 is India’s highest total in Tests. Their previous best was of 726 for 9 against Sri Lanka in 2009-10. This is the 4th time India went past 700 in Test cricket. Australia and West Indies have also got four 700s each, but Sri Lanka holds the record with 5.

India’s total of 759 for 7d is also the highest by any team against England. They beat previous best of 751 for 5 by West Indies in 2003-04. Overall, this was the 7th-highest total by any team in Tests.

Highest totals in Test cricket
Team Score Against Venue Season
Sri Lanka 952/6d India RPS, Colombo 1997
England 903/7d Australia The Oval 1938
England 849 West Indies Kingston, Jamaica 1929-30
West Indies 790/3d Pakistan Kingston, Jamaica 1957-58
Pakistan 765/6d Sri Lanka Karachi 2008-09
India 759/7d England Chepauk, Chennai 2016-17
Australia 758/8d West Indies Kingston, Jamaica 1955

Nair’s triple ton is the second at Chepauk. Here is the list of grounds with multiple 300s:

Grounds with multiple 300s
Ground Scores Batsmen
Antigua Recreation Ground 375 Brian Lara
317 Chris Gayle
400* Brian Lara
Headingley 334 Don Bradman
304 Don Bradman
310* John Edrich
Sabina Park 365* Garry Sobers
325 Andy Sandham
The Oval 364 Len Hutton
311* Hashim Amla
Kensington Oval 337 Hanif Mohammad
302* Lawrence Rowe
Chepauk 319 Virender Sehwag
303* Karun Nair

After KL Rahul, Nair become the second batsman in the match to score above 190. This is the 3rd instance of two Indian batsmen scoring in excess of 190 in the same innings of a Test. The other two instances happened in 2003-04 against Pakistan (Sehwag 309, Sachin Tendulkar 194*) and in 2008-09 against Australia (Gautam Gambhir 206, VVS Laxman 200*). Overall, this is the 23rd such instance in Test cricket and 4th against England.

There were total of 4 partnerships in excess of 135 among the Indian batsmen in this innings, the 1st such instance in Tests.

With above 300 runs and 25 plus wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin became the 1st Indian and 5th cricketer to do the particular double a series after George Giffen (475 runs and 34 wickets in 1894-95), Aubrey Faulkner (545 and 29 in 1909-10), Richie Benaud (329 and 30 in 1957-58) and Ian Botham (399 and 34 in 1981).

6 England bowlers conceded over 75 runs this innings Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson. This is the 1st instance by England and 5th overall.

6 bowlers conceding 75 in a Test innings
Team Against Venue Season Bowler Runs
West Indies Australia Sabina Park 1955 Tom Dewdney 115
Frank King 126
Denis Atkinson 132
Collie Smith 145
Frank Worrell 116
Garry Sobers 99
Zimbabwe Sri Lanka SSC 2001-02 Heath Streak 113
Travis Friend 102
Henry Olonga 103
Gary Brent 82
Trevor Gripper 91
Grant Flower 89
Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Bulawayo 2004 Douglas Hondo 116
Tinashe Panyangara 120
Tawanda Mupariwa 136
Mluleki Nkala 116
Elton Chigumbura 108
Stuart Matsikenyeri 112
West Indies South Africa Antigua 2005 Daren Powell 137
Tino Best 116
Dwight Washington 73
Dwayne Bravo 97
Chris Gayle 65
Narsingh Deonarine 69
England India Chepauk 2016-17 Stuart Broad 80
Jake Ball 93
Moeen Ali 190
Ben Stokes 76
Adil Rashid 153
Liam Dawson 129

Rahul scored 199 in the innings, but did not end up as the leading run-scorer. Rahul s score is the joint 17th-highest among all batsmen who did not top-score in an innings (Mudassar Nazar had also scored 199 when Qasim Umar had got 210). It is also the second-best for an Indian. Only VVS Laxman (200* against Australia at Kotla in 2008-09) has scored more as the second-highest scorer in an innings.

Highest second-highest score in a Test innings
Highest score Second-highest score Team Opposition Venue Season
374 Mahela Jayawardene 287 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka South Africa SSC 2006
365* Garry Sobers 260 Conrad Hunte West Indies Pakistan Sabina Park 1957-58
270 Kumar Sangakkara 249 Marvan Atapattu Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Bulawayo 2004
266 Bill Ponsford 244 Don Bradman Australia England The Oval 1934
234 Sid Barnes 234 Don Bradman Australia England SCG 1946-47
280* Javed Miandad 231 Mudassar Nazar Pakistan India Hyderabad (Pakistan) 1982-83
240 Mahela Jayawardene 231 Thilan Samaraweera Sri Lanka Pakistan Karachi 2008-09
232 Graeme Smith 226 Neil McKenzie South Africa Bangladesh Chittagong 2007-08
340 Sanath Jayasuriya 225 Roshan Mahanama Sri Lanka India Premadasa 1997
221 Ricky Ponting 210 Michael Clarke Australia India Adelaide 2011-12
206 Qasim Umar 203* Javed Miandad Pakistan Sri Lanka Faisalabad 1985-86
213 Wavell Hinds 203* Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies South Africa Bourda 2005
210 Bill Lawry 201 Bobby Simpson Australia West Indies Kensington Oval 1964-65
207 Mike Gatting 201 Graeme Fowler England India Chepauk 1984-85
211 Ijaz Ahmed 200* Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan Sri Lanka Bangabandhu 1998-99
206 Gautam Gambhir 200* VVS Laxman India Australia Kotla 2008-09
210 Qasim Umar 199 Mudassar Nazar Pakistan India Faisalabad 1984-85
303* Karun Nair 199 KL Rahul India England Chepauk 2016-17

Note: As is evident, Bradman and Barnes had both scored 234 against England at SCG in 1946-47.

Nair converted his maiden hundred to a triple-hundred. He became the 3rd after Sobers and Simpson to do this.

Converting maiden hundred to triple-hundred
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 also became the 1st to convert his maiden fifty to a triple-hundred.

Nair became the 27th cricketer and 8th Indian to score more than one First-Class triple-hundreds. The Indians on the list are Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara (3 each), Vijay Hazare, Raman Lamba, Sehwag, Laxman, and Wasim Jaffer (2 each). Both Sehwag s triple-hundreds have come in Tests. Nair had earlier scored 328 in the Ranji Trophy final of 2014-15, for Karnataka against Tamil Nadu at Wankhede in 2014-15.

Nair is now the only cricketer with a Test triple-hundred and a Ranji Trophy triple-hundred.

During India’s innings of 759 runs, Jonny Bairstow conceded only 2 byes. There has been only one higher total in Test cricket with 2 or less byes.

Largest scores with <=2 byes
Wicketkeepers Byes Total Team Against Venue Season
Imtiaz Ahmed 2 790/3 Pakistan West Indies Sabina Park 1957-58
Jonny Bairstow 2 759/7 England India Chepauk 2016-17
Mark Boucher 2 747 South Africa West Indies St John’s 2004-05
Prasanna Jayawardene 0 726/9 Sri Lanka India Brabourne 2009-10
Tatenda Taibu 0 713/3 Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Bulawayo 2004

Moeen became the 4th cricketer to score and concede in excess of 140 of the same Test after Giffen (scored 161 and conceded 164 vs England in 1894-95), Vinoo Mankad (184 and 196 vs England in 1952) and Tony Greig (148 and 164 vs West Indies in 1973-74).

Dawson, Rashid and Moeen conceded over 125 runs each in this innings. This is the 53rd such instance in Tests, 16th by English bowlers and 7th against India.

Moeen conceded 190 runs in this innings, the 2nd most runs by an English bowler against India after Rashid’s 192 in the previous Test at Mumbai.