Apart from Nair's Monday knock, there are many innings registered as best knocks in history books:
India’s wonder boy Karun Nair, who scored a triple ton in his third game, is clearly the man of the moment. The young lad from Karnataka became only the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag who has crossed the milestone on two occasions. Sehwag also congratulated Nair, he ‘welcomed’ Nair in the club exclusively held by him so far. But when we talk about memorable it doesn’t mean the higher in number but significance. Apart from Nair’s Monday knock, we bring you 5 innings registered as best knocks in Indian Test cricket’s history books:
Here’s our pick for five ever memorable innings by Indian players
- 309, Virender Sehwag: Sehwag, the firebrand opening batsman from Delhi’s Najafgarh, smashed first-ever triple-century by an Indian at Pakistan’s Multan. The innings arguably remains the best-ever knock played by any Indian player. In the summers of 2004, India had visited arch-rivals Pakistan, with Multan test being the first game of the series. India secured a huge victory over green caps, with an innings remaining at their side. The knock changed Sehwag’s title Najafgarh ka Nawab to Multan ka Sultan.
- 281, VVS Laxman: ‘Very Very Special’, that’s how he is remembered till date, after he smashed a blistering 281 against Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001. A double century used to be a rare sight then. Laxman had surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s score 237, to become the highest run getter in an inning for India.
- Many must have forgotten, but In 2009, Sehwag hit 293 off 254 balls versus Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium, which until today’s knock of 303, was the third highest score by an Indian batsman in Tests. Well, the innings was special not because of the huge score, but because it carried a typical ‘Sehwag-style’ – with an strike-rate of 116- in Tests attack featuring Muttiah Muralitharan, all for a strike-rate of 115.35.
- 241, Sachin Tendulkar: When we talk of records, we can’t shun Sachin Tendulkar. A near spiritual experience, Sachin hit 241 against Australia in their soil. When Sachin arrived to bat he had scored 82 runs from last 5 innings. The master blaster played iconic January 4, 2004 innings without playing a single drive through the off side.
- 270, Rahul Dravid: This superb knock also came in 2004, against Pakistan. A monumental 270 by Rahul Dravid took India to a score of 600, which gave the guests a lead of 376. This came at the deciding Test at Rawalpindi and was not wasted. As India took home both – match and the series.