New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hailed Karun Nair's epic triple-hundred as “historic” and said that all Indians are proud of the young batsman's “remarkable feat”.
Playing the innings of his life, Karun Nair today became the second Indian, after Virender Sehwag, to score a triple-hundred during fourth day's play of the fifth and final Test against England in Chennai.
Modi was one of the first to congratulate the 25-year-old, and wrote:
Congratulations on the historic triple century @karun126! We all are delighted & proud of your remarkable feat.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 19, 2016
Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir also congratulated Nair.
Yay ! Welcome to the 300 club @karun126 .
It was very lonely here for the last 12 years 8 months.
Wish you the very best Karun.Maza aa gaya!
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 19, 2016
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) December 19, 2016
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 19, 2016
BCCI President Anurag Thakur and famous cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also wished Nair on his achievement.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 19, 2016
Not a bad way to announce yourself into international cricket .#KarunNair Wish you many more runs
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2016
Nair, in the process, also became the first Indian to convert a maiden Test century into a triple hundred.
But his score of 303 no is still not enough to beat Sehwag's two triple hundreds, 309 against Pakistan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa four years later.