Indian middle-order batsman Karun Nair has broken the record for the highest maiden Test hundred made by any player from the country. The 25-year-old went past Vinod Kambli’s mark of 224 not out during the fourth day of fifth Test against England in Chennai. He got to the mark in fine fashion with an upper cut off the bowling of Stuart Broad in the Post tea session.
Walking out to bat at the score of 71, Nair combined well, first with Murali Vijay and then with R Ashwin to take the Indian total forward and eventually past the English score of 477 to give his side the lead.
Nair had a forgettable Test debut in the third Test of the ongoing series in Mohali, where he was run out by some brilliance in the field by Jos Buttler, but has showed his true potential in this game, with an effort that would surely ensure he is in the squad for the next Test against Bangladesh next year.
The Delhi Daredevils batsman has been one of the key components in the Karnataka middle order, having made 2862 runs in 39 matches at an average of 51.10, with a best score of 328.