Karun Nair became the 2nd Indian batsman to score a triple ton in Tests. The full fifth Test scoreboard on a record-breaking day in Chennai. India posted their highest team total of 759/7, surpassing the previous best of 726/9. Ashwin notched up his fourth fifty of the series. With scores of 4 and 13 in his first two Test innings, Karun Nair had to make his third count; especially taking in to account that India’s first innings of the fifth India v England Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai would probably be his last innings before the regulars (Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma) get fit and take their spot for India’s next Test outing (against Bangladesh in February next year).
Karun Nair achievements
- Nair overtook Sehwag’s Indian record of youngest Test triple-centurion.
- Nair became the first Indian batsman to convert a maiden Test hundred into a triple-hundred.
- Nair’s 303* is the highest score by an Asian batsman as a maiden Test century.
Speaking after the end of the day’s play, Karun Nair says, “Many situations in the middle when I had to play differently, with Rahul, Ashwin and Jadeja. I have to thank them for supporting me, egging me on. The first hundred is always important and I think when I got the first hundred, I didn’t feel any pressure. I was just playing my shots after that.”
Nair, in just his third Test innings, struck an unbeaten 303 in India’s gargantuan total of 759 for seven declared, which left England gasping for air. Throughout the day they had tottered on as if stuck in a desert with their water supplies running out rapidly, bearing their increasing discomfort with as stiff an upper lip as they could muster. Here was the agony endured by Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient or John Mills in Ice Cold in Alex and for England there are no happy endings in sight. Their deficit, despite that substantial first innings score of 477, was 270 at the close and there is still a day to go. At least the first five overs of their second innings were safely negotiated by Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings.