New Delhi: Back in March 2008, the MA Chidambaram Stadium witnessed the first triple-hundred on Indian soil, as Virender Sehwag plundered 319 against South Africa. Eight-and-a-half years later, the stadium’s revamped stands became the backdrop to the first triple-hundred by any Indian batsman apart from Sehwag. That batsman, Karun Nair, was playing his third Test match, and was only playing because India’s middle order had lost two of its regular occupants to injury, ESPN, PTI reports.
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the legendary Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag, the country on Monday lavished fulsome praise on youngster Karun Nair, who became only the second Indian to notch up a triple century in Test cricket.
Nair announced his arrival at the world stage with an unforgettable triple ton (303 not out) as India broke a plethora of records en route their highest ever Test total of 759 for seven against England on the penultimate day of the fifth and final match.
India’s 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev also applauded Nair, saying: “I am at a loss of words to comment on what he did. He seems such a level-headed youngster. His style of batting is very impressive. Very few batsmen can do what he has done.”
VVS Laxman said it was great to see that Nair was still hungry for runs even after completing his century. “Rahul Dravid would be proud of him. He has taught players to work hard and stay committed to their game. Karun spent two months with Dravid during India A tour of Australia.
“He probably went through mental conditioning during that period. He showed the hunger to keep going even after completing his hundred,” said Laxman.