Scoring a triple century in Test cricket is not everyone’s cup of tea. The batsman needs to possess a truckload of concentration, focus, determination, patience and sheer will in order to accumulate a humongous knock. So far, 27 players have scored a triple century in the history of Test cricket.
Notably, only four players have managed to score a triple-century twice in their Test career. They are none other than Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle. On the other hand, only one batsman scored 400* in Tests and it is none other than former West Indies captain Brian Lara.
As far as Team India are concerned, two players have managed to achieve the extraordinary feat of scoring a triple-century in Test cricket. Let’s now take a look at the two batsmen who pulled off a magnificent achievement.
1. Virender Sehwag
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was the first Indian cricketer to score a triple-century in Test cricket. The Nawab of Najafgarh achieved the feat against the Pakistan cricket team in Multan in 2004. Sehwag ended up scoring 309 off 375 balls before getting dismissed by Mohammed Sami.
Sehwag constructed his innings with the help of 39 fours and 6 sixes over the fence with a magnificent strike rate of 82.40. Later on, he went on to score his second triple-century against South Africa in Chennai in 2008. He ended up scoring 319 off 304 balls and fell prey to Makhaya Ntini’s delivery.
More importantly, it is also the fastest triple century in the history of Test cricket as he achieved the feat in just 278 balls. Sehwag maintained a strike rate of 104.93 including 42 boundaries and 5 sixes. He was close to becoming the first cricketer to score a third triple ton but was dismissed for 293 off Muttiah Muralitharan’s delivery in the 2009 Test.
2. Karun Nair
Karun Nair was a promising prospect in the Indian cricket team but he wasn’t given too many chances to showcase his mettle. However, in the six Tests he played for India, he scored 374 runs at an average of 62.3 including one-century and triple-century.
He became the second Indian to score a triple hundred and he achieved the feat against England in the 2017 Test in Chennai. Karun Nair scored an unbeaten 303 including 32 fours and 4 sixes.