Test Cricket Record: When a batsman starts his career in Test cricket at the international level, he has to face many new challenges for which he is usually not ready. Usually, the new players do not have much patience and hence the fans do not expect them to play long innings.
There have been very few occasions where a youngster has managed to convert his first Test century into a double century. India’s new opener Mayank Agarwal joined this elite list last week.
However, some batsmen have achieved the distinct feat of converting their first Test century into a triple century. Let’s see who those players are:
Sir Garfield Sobers
One of the greatest Caribbean batsmen of all time, Sir Garfield Sobers is the first batsman in Test cricket history to convert his first Test century into a triple century.
Playing against Pakistan in 1958, Sobers helped his team win the match by an innings and 174 runs while scoring memorable innings of 365 * runs.
Batting first, Pakistan had scored 328 runs in the first innings of that Test match. In response, Sobers harassed Pakistani bowlers by meeting Conrad Hunt.
Hunt scored a double century in the match while Sobers spent 614 minutes at the crease, hitting 38 fours and hitting a triple century.
It is also the best innings of Sobers’ career. This resulted in West Indies scoring 790 runs at the loss of just three wickets. Pakistan’s second innings in reply were reduced to just 288.
Former Australian captain Bob Simpson also succeeded in converting his first international Test century into a triple century.
He achieved this special feat in the fourth match of the 1964 Ashes series against England played in Manchester. He scored 311 runs with the help of 23 fours and a six, facing a total of 743 balls.
Karun Nair has impressed everyone with his performance in domestic cricket. Nair made his international debut in June 2016 and his good performances helped him earn a place in the Test squad for the series against England.
Prior to this series, he had only one Test experience, but Nair scored 303 runs against England in Chennai in the final match of the series. It was Nair’s first century which he converted into a triple century and made it to this list.