Former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly heaped praise on youngster Karun Nair after he became the second Indian to score a triple century stating the middle-order batsman reminded them of their legendary compatriots. (SCORECARD)
Karun Nair (303*), who alongside KL Rahul (199), helped India post their highest total in Tests on Monday, smashed a number of records en route to becoming the first Indian to convert a maiden hundred to a triple century.
While Nair brushed away memories of KL Rahul missing a double hundred -- Rahul was tantalisingly close of going past Sunil Gavaskar’s 221 -- the highest by an Indian opener against England.
“There are two benchmarks of batsmanship for Karnataka. One is Gundappa Viswanath and another is Rahul Dravid. And today what we saw and yesterday with KL Rahul was a combination of the two,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
“We saw the discipline and temperament of Rahul Dravid and the flair and the strokeplay of Gundappa. There was such a wonderful mix of Rahul and Gundappa in both the innings.”
Ganguly reminded of Virender Sehwag
For Ganguly, however, it was Virender Sehwag who he was reminded of but he didn’t want to compare the two triple centurions stating the two belonged to two different generations.
“It was a terrific knock. It reminded me of Sehwag. But they cannot be compared as with Viru (Sehwag)’s was scored in a different era of cricket and when the team was in a different situation,” Ganguly said.
It was a generous gesture from Virat Kohli to wait for Nair to scale the feat to declare the innings although there were a few who felt Nair could have been allowed to have a go at Sehwag’s 319.
Gavaskar backed Kohli’s decision. “When someone gets that close you have to give him that opportunity. 319 (Sehwag’s best score) was not what Virat and anybody would have wanted.
“Look he is the only second Indian to get 300. So the fact that he got there was enough. This kind of opportunity comes once in many, many years,” Gavaskar said.
“Having won the series it is only fair that Virat gave him that chance to get to 300.”
‘Problem of plenty now’
Gavaskar, however, said the problem of too many options might be a worry for the selectors given Karun Nair got a nod in the Test because of Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane missing out on injuries.
“For a selector it is always good to have a problem of plenty,” he said. “To have a situation where you know for every place you have a replacement ready in case something goes wrong.
“Yes it’s a tough call since Rahane got runs against New Zealand, but you can’t ignore a triple centurion. But as we know Virat Kohli is already complaining of few grey hair, let him have some more.”