Jadeja becomes first Indian to slam three triple tons

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 03:51 hrs

Ravindra Jadeja has become the first Indian to hit three triple hundreds in first class cricket.

He achieved the feat today while playing for Saurashtra against Railways in a Ranji Trophy match in Rajkot.

Five other Indians have two triple centuries in first class cricket: Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Wasim Jaffer, Raman Lamba and Vijay Hazare. Both Sehwag's triple tons incidentally came in Tests.

Jadeja joins a select club of eight with three or more triples in first class cricket. The seven others are Sir Donald Bradman, Bill Ponsford, Wally Hammond, WG Grace, Graeme Hick, Brian Lara, and Mike Hussey.

The 23-year-old has never played Test cricket but the selectors will find it hard to ignore him in this kind of form.

Jadeja has played 58 ODIs and 12 T20 Internationals but has never scored a century in international cricket.

Saurashtra ended the second day at 534/6 with Jadeja still unbeaten on 320 off 491 balls with 28 fours and seven sixes.

Among the Railways bowlers who toiled in vain were former Test players Murali Kartik, who went wicketless, and Sanjay Bangar who managed to get two.

It was Jadeja's second triple of the season after he made 303 against Gujarat in the opening game.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 1st innings: 534 for 6 in 180 overs. (Ravindra Jadeja 320 batting, Kamlesh Makvana 78 batting; KK Upadhyay 2/125).

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