India v Bangladesh: Epic 303* not enough for Karun Nair to hold his place

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NEW DELHI: Scoring your first Test century must be considered one of any batsman's best memories; to convert that into a double and finally a triple-century - that too unbeaten - ranks as an even more cherished landmark. Perhaps even the stuff of dreams.

But cricket can be a cruel game, particularly when it comes to team selection and players drafted in a replacements for injured first-choice picks. Such is the case of Karun Nair, who found himself out of India's playing XI for the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, as the returning Ajinkya Rahane was drafted back in. In India's last Test, against England in Chennai in December, the 25-year-old scored 303 not out, just the third triple-century by an Indian batsman. In reply to England's 477, India posted their Test highest total of 759/7 out of which Nair's contribution was that exceptional unbeaten triple-hundred.

Anil Kumble, India's coach, had hinted this week that Nair would be extremely unlucky to miss out on playing the Hyderabad Test, on account of one-time Test vice-captain Rahane returning from the finger injury that ruled him out of the last two Tests against England. In being dropped from India's XI, Nair has become just the second batsman in the history of Test cricket to miss their next match after scoring a triple-century (the other was England batsman Andy Sandham, who scored 325 against West Indies in 1930 and did not play again).

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