Karun Nair made history on Day Four of the fifth Test between India and England, as he became only the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to have scored 300 runs in an innings. Among the many records that Nair broke, one was created by Virat Kohli as recently as in the last match at Mumbai. Nair, during his knock, went past Kohli’s 235, which was the highest score by any Indian against England in Tests. Kohli had the record of Vinod Kambli’s record score of 224 in the fourth Test at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, as he recorded his third double-century in the same calendar year. This is also Kohli’s career best. Nair earlier became the third Indian batsman — after Dilip Sardesai and Kambli — to have made his maiden Test ton into a double ton. On his way to 303 not out, he went past legends like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in terms of registering highest individual score, only in his third Test.
Of the current Indian side, only three batsmen (Cheteshwar Pujara apart from Kohli and Nair) have scored double hundreds. Nair hit a boundary to get to 242 and thus surpassed Sourav Ganguly’s record of 239 against Pakistan. Nair went past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 239, the highest score by an Indian at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Nair now has the second highest score amongst the Indians in Tests as well at the ground, following Virender Sehwag’s 319 against South Africa. Having scored 250, he became only the fourth Indian to have done so, after VVS Laxman, Sehwag and Rahul Dravid. He also went past Sachin Tendulkar’s career-best of 248 runs in Tests. With this brilliant knock, India posted their highest-ever total against England as the team total went past 664.
Nair broke more records. When he scored 271, he went past Rahul Dravid’s score of 270 against Pakistan in 2004. He also went past Laxman’s 281 at the Eden Garden’s during the historic Border-Gavaskar series in 2001. India posted their highest-ever total when they went past 726-run mark, with a boundary through cover by Nair. The right-hander gradually got to his 300 as India posted 754 for 7.
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