KL Rahul was at 317 not out at tea on Day 2 of Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy 2014-15 © Getty Images
KL Rahul was at 317 not out at tea on Day 2 of Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy 2014-15 © Getty Images

Batting against Uttar Pradesh at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, on Day Two in the eighth round of Ranji Trophy 2014-15, KL Rahul became the first Karnataka batsman to score a Ranji Trophy triple-hundred. Rahul reached the landmark with 42 fours and three sixes. He had found some support in Robin Uthappa, but the Karnataka scorecard made a sorry reading at 148 for four.

Rahul finally found support in Shreyas Gopal, who helped him put up 181. CM Gautam followed Gopal at the crease and helped put up another 52. Before today Gautam had been the holder for the third-highest score for Karnataka with 264 not out against Madhya Pradesh in 2004-05. The top two names on the list were those of Barrington Rowland (283 vs Bengal in 1990-91) and Arjun Raja (267 vs Maharashtra in 2012-13).

Rahul eventually registered the triple-hundred in the company of Abrar Kazi. It was also the second triple-hundred by any batsman against Uttar Pradesh (erstwhile United Provinces) following Kedar Jadhav’s 327 in 2012-13. Just for the record, Gundappa Viswanath’s 247 in 1977-78 was the previous best by any Karnataka batsman against Uttar Pradesh before today.

Highest score by Karnataka batsmen in Ranji Trophy

Batsman

Score

Opposition

Venue

Season

KL Rahul

336

Madhya Pradesh

Chinnaswamy

2014-15

Barrington Rowland

283

Bengal

Chinnaswamy

2004-05

Arjun Raja

264*

Maharashtra

Eden Gardens

1990-91

CM Gautam

259*

Tamil Nadu

Gahunje

2012-13

Kartik Jeshwant

257

Vidarbha

Coimbatore

1990-91

Highest scores against Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy

Batsman

Score

Team

Venue

Season

KL Rahul

336

Karnataka

Chinnaswamy

2014-15

Kedar Jadhav

327

Maharashtra

Gahunje

2012-13

S Sriram

288

Tamil Nadu

Kanpur

1999-00

Jacob Martin

251*

Baroda

Ghaziabad

2005-06

Gundappa Viswanath

247

Karnataka

Ghaziabad

1977-78

Rahul’s triple-hundred, however, is not the first at Bangalore. That record still remains with VVS Laxman, who had amassed 353 in his magical season of 1999-2000. However, he finished with 336, which is the eighth-highest score in the history of Ranji Trophy.

Highest scores in Ranji Trophy

Batsman

Score

Team

Opposition

Venue

Season

BB Nimbalkar

443*

Maharashtra

Kathiawar

Poona

1948-49

Sanjay Manjrekar

377

Bombay

Hyderabad

Wankhede

1990-91

MV Sridhar

366

Hyderabad

Andhra

Secunderabad

1993-94

Vijay Merchant

359*

Bombay

Maharashtra

Brabourne

1943-44

VVS Laxman

353

Hyderabad

Karnataka

Chinnaswamy

1999-00

Cheteshwar Pujara

352

Saurashtra

Karnataka

Rajkot

2012-13

Sunil Gavaskar

340

Bombay

Bengal

Wankhede

1981-82

Kedar Jadhav

336

Karnataka

Uttar Pradesh

Chinnaswamy

2014-15