Karun Nair’s record -setting innings dismantles England.
When team India decided to include Karun Nair in the test squad for the final test in Chennai, the team had little idea that this inclusion is going to change the fate of the match. Karun Nair’s innings in Chennai will certainly go down in history as one of the best innings the world has ever witnessed. He racked up his triple century and smashed quite a few records in the process. Karun is the second Indian batsmen to score a triple century in a test match. Virender Sehwag is the only other Indian batsmen to procure this accomplishment who have two triple centuries to his credit. Karun is the first player from Kerala to score a hundred and triple hundred in a test match. He is also the first batsmen to notch up a triple century in the third match itself. He has also created history by becoming the first batsmen ever to convert his maiden century to a triple hundred. His 303 is the highest score by an Indian batsman at No.5 position. He also is the fourth batsmen ever to score a triple hundred at the No.5 position. Karun is the ninth batsmen in the test history to remain unbeaten on 300.
He racked up his triple century from 383 balls. His innings included 34 boundaries and four sixes. He faced 183 balls to score the maiden century of his test career. He consolidated two partnerships with Lokesh Rahul and Ashwin. He made a fourth-wicket partnership of 161 runs with Rahul. He made another crucial partnership of 181 runs with India’s all-rounder Ashwin.Karun had a bit of luck as well as England players dropped his catch a couple of times. He was on 34 when the England skipper Alastair Cook dropped the catch. Nair almost got out when he was on 217 but Root could not catch the ball, giving Karun another near escape. But, these missed opportunities proved to be costly for England as he went on to complete his triple century and helped India register the record total of 759.