An unbeaten triple century by a young batsman would normally ensure an extended run in the side, but Karun Nair may not get the same latitude when Steve Smith’s Australia come calling in February.
A day after his Karnataka teammate and close friend Lokesh Rahul fell agonisingly on 199, Nair showed rare temperament and class in only his third Test to score 303 not out.
His monumental innings lifted India to their highest Test total of 7-759 and left a battered England with a mountain to climb to save the fifth and final Test in Chennai and prevent an embarrassing 4-0 scoreline.
Having conceded a lead of 282 runs despite making 477 in the first innings, England will start the last day of their disappointing tour on 0-12 and needing to bat out 90 overs on a benign pitch where just 17 wickets have fallen over the first four days.
Nair, who turned 25 earlier this month, joined Virender Sehwag as the only triple centurions for India, the latter having done it twice against Pakistan and South Africa. (Source: cricket.com.au)