Karun Nair slams 303: Virender Sehwag leads acclaim for Indian batsman's milestone on Twitter

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:



As did fellow cricketers:










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:



Plenty of reactions from the scribes as well:







Needless to say, cricket statisticians would have ended up with a slight headache while furiously rummaging for numbers:







Updated Date: Dec 19, 2016 17:38:20 IST