Karun Nair made history on Day 4 of the ongoing fifth Test between India and England in Chennai, becoming the second Indian to score a Test triple century as the hosts piled a massive first innings score of 759/7.
The stupendous achievement — one which would have made sent cricket statisticians into a tizzy — was completed by the Karnataka batsman with a cut off a short, wide delivery from Adil Rashid, beating opposition captain Alastair Cook at point. Not only did he enter a club that was for long occupied by dashing former batsman Virender Sehwag, but he also became the quickest to bring up a triple-century, taking only three innings to get to the milestone for the first time in his career, as compared to Len Hutton's nine.
It was pure domination on the part of Nair, who got his Test career off to a disappointing start in the third Test at Mohali after getting involved in a mix-up with his skipper Virat Kohli. Targetting especially the sweeps and reverse-sweeps, the Delhi Daredevils batsman scored at a healthy rate — his strike-rate of 79.52 is the third-fastest among triple-centurions. With KL Rahul's 199, as well as half-centuries from Parthiv Patel (71), Ravichandran Ashwin (67) and Ravindra Jadeja (51), India managed to post their highest-ever Test score of 759, going past their score of 726/9 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai (2009).
After this stupendous feat, there were plenty of reactions on social media, especially on micro-blogging website Twitter. Sehwag was among the first to welcome him into the club of Indian triple-centurions, which had for long been occupied only by him. Here's a look at some of the best tweets:
Yay ! Welcome to the 300 club @karun126 .
It was very lonely here for the last 12 years 8 months.
Wish you the very best Karun.Maza aa gaya!
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 19, 2016
As did fellow cricketers:
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) December 19, 2016
Whoa....Mount Everest Climbed Again. Triple century in only his third Test innings. Unbelievable stuff. Well played, Karun Nair. #INDvENG
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2016
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) December 19, 2016
Havent seen anyone scoring a first hundred as a triple hundred of thier career..karun nair..take a bow
— Sharad Vesawkar (@SharadCric) December 19, 2016
BCCI president Anurag Thakur took some time out of his hectic schedule, made difficult by the tussle with the Lodha panel, to appreciate the youngster's incredible feat:
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 19, 2016
Plenty of reactions from the scribes as well:
Karun Nair 303 not out as his maiden century: outstanding Test cricket performance of 2016
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 19, 2016
Aim higher. Someone told Karun Nair..........
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2016
Cannot get any better for Virat and Co! Well done Karun Nair
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 19, 2016
Needless to say, cricket statisticians would have ended up with a slight headache while furiously rummaging for numbers:
Karun Nair (25y-13d) 6th youngest to register a 300 in Test cricket#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 19, 2016
KARUN NAIR this inngs:
50: 98 balls
100: 87 balls
150: 55 balls
200: 66 balls
250: 42 balls
300: 33 balls#INDvENG
— Deepu Narayana (@deeputalks) December 19, 2016
Most runs by 2 batsmen in an Indian inns:
503 - Sehwag (309) + Sachin (194*) v Pak, 2004
502 - Karun (303*) + Rahul (199) v Eng, 2016
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 19, 2016
Updated Date: Dec 19, 2016 17:38:20 IST