Karun Nair steamrolls England attack scoring triple ton

Rajat Kain

Chennai: Indian batsman Karun Nair with Murali Vijay.  Photo - PTI

Chennai: Indian batsman Karun Nair with Murali Vijay.
Photo – PTI

Entering history books, 25-year-old Karun Nair scored a triple ton setting grand possibility of India steamrolling England 4-0 in the five test series. The Karnataka batsman has now become second Indian batsman to score a triple ton.

Explosive batsmen Virendra Sehwag had reached the milestone scoring 309 against Pakistan in Multan in March 2004.

India entered the day four of the last test 86 behind of England’s 377 and with six wickets in hand. The deficit was soon overhauled but what followed was a clinical batting display by a man playing just third innings of his test career.

Nair first stitched a 161 runs partnership with in-form opener KL Rahul, who was extremely unlucky to miss out his own double ton, falling for 199.

Chennai: Indian batsman Karun Nair in action.  Photo - PTI

Chennai: Indian batsman Karun Nair in action.
Photo – PTI

However, Nair on the other end kept going, first consolidating 63-runs partnership with Murali Vijay, following that with an imposing 181-run stand with ace spinner and one of the star of the series so far – Ravichandran Ashwin.

Displaying immense composure against both the slow and fast bowlers of the visiting team, the left-handed batsman reached one milestone after another on Monday. In an innings studded with 32 boundaries and 4 sixes, Nair was particularly strong against the spin duo of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

Indian captain Virat Kohli called off the innings soon after Nair hit the boundary to reach 300-mark.

With now England 282 behind to make India bat again, they face an uphill task to avoid 4-0 drubbing in the series. India has taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in Mumbai test last week.