Karun Nair may probably be the first Test batsman to not get picked in the playing XI after a triple hundred, but here’s a look at other unfortunate batsmen who got dropped despite a big knock.
Aravinda de Silva: 206 vs Bangladesh at Colombo in 2002
A double century from the Mad Max was not enough for the right-handed batsman to seal a spot in the next Test as the selectors decided to rest five senior players (De Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu) to test new players. As it turned out, the Colombo Test was the last for De Silva.
Geoffrey Boycott: 246 not out vs India at Headingley in 1967
The stylish England opener notched up his highest Test score in the match, but his painstakingly slow effort which came off 555 balls did not impress the selectors and led to his dropping. England won the Test by six wickets against a limping Indian attack.
Jason Gillespie: 201 not out vs Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2006
The Australian pacer was send as a night-watchman by skipper Ricky Ponting, but his knock turned out to be the longest innings ever played by a night-watchman. Gillespie was over nine hours and 34 minutes at the crease for his double ton. Gillespie, playing his 71st Test, also broke the record of Zimbabwe’s Heath Streak for the longest wait for a maiden Test ton. He would have hoped his double ton to resurrect his chances for the Ashes, but it wasn’t the case and was never ever considered for Australia thereafter.
Andy Ganteaume: 112 vs England at Port of Spain in 1948
A century is not all that matters, but how you reach the three-figure mark is equally important. The late West Indian would have realised this after not being considered to represent the West Indies after a ton in his maiden Test where he averaged 112 — more than Sir Don Bradman’s 99.94. The second opportunity never came because it was suggested that he slowed down while nearing his hundred, costing West Indies the chance of victory.
Kevin Pietersen: 149 vs South Africa at Headingley in 2012
It was a perfect moment for South African-born Kevin Pietersen to showcase where his loyalty belonged to. KP blunted a high-quality Proteas attack with ease. But soon after the flamboyant all-rounder was embroiled in a controversy with allegations of sending derogatory messages about Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower to SA players. The incident led to his axing.
Shaun Marsh: 182 vs West Indies at Hobart in 2015
The southpaw would consider himself unlucky that his 266-ball ton at No 5 was not enough to guarantee him a spot for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja, who made the cut ahead of Marsh, scored centuries at the MCG.