Wasim Jaffer is the youngest Indian to score a First-Class triple century © Getty Images
Wasim Jaffer is the youngest Indian to score a First-Class triple century © Getty Images

Srikar Bharat of Andhra became the fifth-youngest Indian to score a triple century in First-Class cricket. Bharath Seervi lists the youngest triple centurions in First-Class cricket.

Srikar Bharat, the wicketkeeper-batsman for Andhra, became the first batsman for his team to score a triple century in Ranji Trophy as well as in all First-Class matches in 2014-15. He scored 308 against Goa in the final match of the group stages as Andhra won the match by an inningss and moved into the quarter-finals.

Srikar Bharat aged 21 years four months and four days when he reached his maiden triple-century on February 7, 2015. He is the fifth-youngest Indian player to score a First-Class triple century. The youngest Indian to have this feat is Wasim Jaffer; he scored a triple century in only his second First-Class innings in 1996-97 before turning even 19.

Jaffer is closely followed by Abhinav Mukund who scored his maiden triple century at the age of 18 years nine months and 29 days compared to 18 years eight months and 22 days by Jaffer. Below is the list of youngest First-Class triple centurions from India.

Youngest Indians to score a triple century in first-class cricket

Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
18y, 8m, 22d 314* Wasim Jaffer Mumbai Saurashtra Municipal Stadium, Rajkot 07-Nov-96
18y, 9m, 29d 300* Abhinav Mukund Tamil Nadu Maharashtra Hutatma Anant Kanhere Maidan, Golf Club Ground, Nasik 04-Nov-08
19y, 11m, 8d 302* Kripal Singh Tamil Nadu Goa Bhausaheb Bandodkar Ground, Panaji 21-Jan-89
20y, 9m, 17d 302* Cheteshwar Pujara Saurashtra Orissa Khandheri Cricket Stadium, Rajkot 11-Nov-08
21y, 4m, 4d 308 Srikar Bharat Andhra Goa CSR Sarma College Ground, Ongole 07-Feb-15

Kripal Singh is the only other teenager from India to score a first-class triple century. Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his maiden triple century in 2008 before turning 21, has scored two more First-Class triple-centuries.

Let us also see the youngest triple centurions in first-class cricket overall and where do players from Indian stand.

Youngest triple centurions in first-class cricket

Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
17y, 10m, 7d 311 Javed Miandad Karachi Whites National Bank of Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 19-Apr-75
18y, 8m, 22d 314* Wasim Jaffer Mumbai Saurashtra Municipal Stadium, Rajkot 07-Nov-96
18y, 9m, 29d 300* Abhinav Mukund Tamil Nadu Maharashtra Hutatma Anant Kanhere Maidan, Golf Club Ground, Nasik 04-Nov-08
19y, 5m, 13d 313* Raqibul Hasan Barisal Di Sylhet Division Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, Fatullah 21-Mar-07
19y, 6m, 15d 308* Frank Worrell Barbados Trinidad Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 16-Feb-44
19y, 11m, 8d 302* Kripal Singh Tamil Nadu Goa Bhausaheb Bandodkar Ground, Panaji 21-Jan-89
20y, 0m, 20d 314* Clyde Walcott Barbados Trinidad Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain 06-Feb-46
20y, 4m, 29d 340* Don Bradman New South Wales Victoria Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 25-Jan-29
20y, 5m, 16d 319 Rilee Rossouw Eagles Titans Centurion Park, Centurion 25-Mar-10
20y, 9m, 17d 302* Cheteshwar Pujara Saurashtra Orissa Khandheri Cricket Stadium, Rajkot 11-Nov-08

Among the ten youngest First-Class triple-centurions, four are from India. In fact, six out of top 10 are from Asia. The first teenager to score a triple-century in first class cricket was Frank Worrell in 1944 at 19 years, six months and 15 days. He broke Don Bradman’s record of the youngest triple centurion.

It is interesting to note that two of the three Ws (Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott) of West Indies are in the list above. In 2010, Rilee Rossouw scored his maiden triple century and is listed ninth in the list above.

Ken Rutherford and Aftab Baloch are the other batsmen to score triple centuries at an age of less than 21. Srikar Bharat is the 13th youngest overall.

Youngest First-Class triple-centurions from each country

Country Age Runs Batsman For Against Venue Date
Australia 20y, 4m, 29d 340* Don Bradman New South Wales Victoria Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 25-Jan-29
England 21y, 7m, 28d 303* David Sales Northamptonshire Essex County Ground, Northampton 31-Jul-99
India 18y, 8m, 22d 314* Wasim Jaffer Mumbai Saurashtra Municipal Stadium, Rajkot 07-Nov-96
New Zealand 20y, 10m, 6d 317 Ken Rutherford New Zealanders DB Close’s XI North Marine Road, Scarborough 01-Sep-86
Pakistan 17y, 10m, 7d 311 Javed Miandad Karachi Whites National Bank of Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 19-Apr-75
South Africa 20y, 5m, 16d 319 Rilee Rossouw Eagles Titans Centurion Park, Centurion 25-Mar-10
Sri Lanka 22y, 6m, 27d 336 Kusal Perera Colts Cricket Club Saracens Sports Club Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo 16-Mar-13
West Indies 19y, 6m, 15d 308* Frank Worrell Barbados Trinidad Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 16-Feb-44

For England it is David Sales who is 17th youngest overall and for Sri Lanka it is Kusal Perera who is 24th on the overall list of youngest triple centurions.

(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)