Karun Nair Does A Sehwag, Smashes Triple Century
Chennai: Karun Nair has created history by making a triple century in India’s first innings on the fourth day of the fifth and last Test against England. He joined One and only Virendra Sehwag who distinguished himself as the only Indian till Sunday to have smashed triple ton. He did it twice. The Indian opener of yesteryear achieved the feat at the same venue when he hit 319 runs against South Africa. Sehwag had also made a triple ton for the second time. It was made against Pakistan. The Delhi master blaster has tweeted greeting the young Nair, ‘Yay. Welcome to 300 club’.
What is exciting about Nair is that he achieved the distinction only in the third Test of his career. He plays for Karnataka in the domestic circuit and represents Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League (IPL). He made his debut against England in the third Test of the present series at Mohali. Before shining at Chennai, he did not score any runs worth mentioning in the earlier two Tests.
Nair came in to bat on Sunday after India lost cheaply the lead batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. He teamed up with another young player K Lokesh Rahul and took the Indian total almost to the level of England’s score. He continued the fight after Rahul fell at 199 after sharing a stand of 161 run stand with him.
On Monday, Ravichandran Aswin gave a good support to Nair by hitting 67 runs. Ravindra Jadeja made his contribution with 51 runs. India declared its first innings at 759/7. Nair was unbeaten with 303 runs and Umesh Yadav was on one run. Stewart and Liam Dawson took two wickets each for England. Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid took one wicket each.
England batted for five overs in their second innings and made 12 runs. England captain Alastair Cook and another opener Keaton Jennings were at the crease at stumps with 3 and 9 runs respectively.