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Karun Nair arrives on big stage with maiden Test triple hundred

India Today logo India Today 19-12-2016

Karun Nair scored his maiden triple century in Test against England at Chennai on Monday, thus, equalling Virender Sehwag's record. Sehwag was the only Indian to score a triple century before Nair. Viru smashed 319 against Pakistan in Multan on March 28, 2004. Nair achieved the milestone playing only in his third Test match for India. 

He got to his maiden Test hundred before lunch and at tea, Nair was unbeaten on 195. Nair didn't look back after resuming from overnight score of 71 and didn't take much after the tea break to notch up his first double hundred, which his Karnataka team-mate KL Rahul missed yesterday by one run.

The 25-year-old walked out to the crease at the fall of Virat Kohli with India 211/3 and stitched a century-run stand with Rahul. Nair made a watchful start and played the deliveries on its merit. After getting his eye in, runs started to flow for the youngster on a flat Chepauk track.

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He made his debut in the third Test in Mohali when he replaced an injured Rahul. Nair became India's 287th player to debut for India and received his Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. But couldn't do much in his first Test match after getting run out for 4.

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However, India retained him for the fourth Test in Mumbai after Ajinkya Rahane was ruled out due to an injury. Nair, here too couldn't do much with the bat and scored only 13 with India batting only once.

The Karnataka batsman was waiting in the wings after having been consistent at the domestic level. In his 37 first-class matches, Nair has scored 2845 runs at an average of 52.68.

He had an impressive 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season and also helped Karnataka win the title after 15 years, by scoring hundreds in the quarterfinal and semifinal. 

In the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy final, Nair again proved to be a big match player by scoring a triple hundred and helping Karnataka retain the title.

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