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Karun Nair only 4th batsman to miss out on next Test after a triple hundred

India Today logo India Today 09-02-2017
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Karun Nair today became only the fourth batsman to be excluded from the playing XI of the next Test after scoring a triple hundred in his previous Test.

Karun had to make way for Ajinkya Rahane, who was selected in the India side for their one-off Test against Bangladesh which started in Hyderabad today.

Before him, Andy Sandham, Len Hutton and Inzamam-ul-Haq did not play the next Test after slamming 300 for different reasons.

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It was only the second time in the long and storied history of Test cricket that a player has missed a Test immediately after the one in which he got a triple. Andy Sandham, the English batsman, scored 325 and 50 against West Indies in Kingston back in 1930. It was the last of his 14 Tests and an ankle injury meant he only played a few first-class matches after that. He was 40 at the time of scoring the triple – the first in Test history.

India captain Virat Kohli had made it clear he would prefer to go in with Rahane for the Hyderabad Test at the expense of Karun whose 303 not out in Chennai, fashioned an emphatic triumph over England.

"One game does not overshadow two years of hard work from another player. That's my point-of-view. You have to understand what Jinx has done for this team. He is probably the most solid batsman in this form of the game," Kohli had said on the eve of the Test match.

Rahane had played in the first two Tests against England in Rajkot and Vizag before Karun debuted in Mohali. He was run-out early at the PCA Stadium and did not make a mark in Mumbai. However, in Chennai, Karun became only the third batsman to convert his maiden hundred into a triple ton. 

Rahane has been a rock for India in the middle-order and his contributions to the team's rapid rise have not been forgotten. But imagine the pressure he would be under over the next few days - he is, after all, replacing a triple centurion!

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