Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle have welcomed Karun Nair to the ‘300-club’ after the 25-year-old Karun Nair scored a brilliant unbeaten 303 against England on day 4 of the fifth Test in Chennai on Monday.
Karun Nair became the second Indian cricketer after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Test cricket and Sehwag was all praises for the youngster on Twitter.
Yay ! Welcome to the 300 club @karun126 .— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 19, 2016
It was very lonely here for the last 12 years 8 months.
Wish you the very best Karun.Maza aa gaya!
The brilliant triple century also caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who congratulated Nair on his knock.
Congratulations on the historic triple century @karun126! We all are delighted & proud of your remarkable feat.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 19, 2016
Karun Nair, who plays for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, also joined cricket legends like Gary Sobers and Bob Simpson by becoming only the third Test batsman to convert his maiden Test hundred into a triple century. (HIGHLIGHTS)
India declared their first innings right after Nair reached his triple hundred. Nair’s 303 became the third highest individual score by an Indian in Tests, after Sehwag’s 319 against South Africa in March 2008 and 309 against Pakistan in March-April 2004.
Nair also became the highest individual scorer for India against England in Test cricket, going past Virat Kohli’s 235 runs scored in Mumbai in the fourth Test of this series. (SCORECARD)
Twitter erupted after Karun Nair brought up his historic triple ton against England and here are some of the tweets:
Not a bad way to announce yourself into international cricket .#KarunNair Wish you many more runs— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2016