5 Instances when a triple century was denied by declaration
While most batsmen lose their wicket after reaching 200 in a quest to up the run-rate, there have been some who remained not-out, yet couldn’t reach the elusive 300 run mark.
Updated - Mar 17, 2020 7:01 pm
Declarations in cricket are always done keeping in mind the team’s interest. But sometimes a declaration has placed the captain in a spot of uncertainty and he had to receive flak from the fans. Such as Rahul Dravid’s declaration when Sachin Tendulkar was on 194*, and Tim Paine’s when David Warner was batting at 335*- with Warner’s quick scoring ability, people believed he could have crossed Brian Lara’s 400*.
There have been 194 different players scoring double hundreds, and 27 of them went on to score a triple hundred. Sir Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle form the elite list of notching up two triple centuries.
While most batsmen lose their wicket after reaching 200 in a quest to up the run-rate, there have been some who remained not-out, yet couldn’t reach the elusive 300 run mark. Either the batsman ran out of partners or the captain declared the innings. In the second case, it would be more hurtful to the batsman if he was nearing a triple ton and the captain declared- which has happened on multiple occasions.
Here we look at 5 batsmen who were denied a Triple Century by the declaration:
1. Javed Miandad- 280* vs India
Javed Miandad is Pakistan’s second-highest run-scorer in Tests and defined Pakistan cricket along with Imran Khan in the 1980s. With over 8000 Test runs and over 7000 runs in ODIs, Miandad is one of the greatest to play the game. Miandad had a penchant of scoring against arch-rivals India- he amassed 2228 runs at an average of 67 against his neighbours.
On India’s tour to Pakistan in 1983, the right-hander scored heavily in the six-match Test series. He amassed 594 runs at a stupendous average of 118. In the fourth Test match at Sind, Miandad registered his highest Test score of 280*, but captain Imran Khan surprisingly declared the innings.
Batting first, Pakistan scored 581/3 with the help of a marathon partnership between Javed Miandad and Mudassar Nazar, who scored 231. Imran Khan declared by the end of the second day, leaving Miandad 20 runs short of a triple hundred. This incident created a huge furore between the two players, and their rivalry continued for about a decade, which Miandad vociferously describes in his autobiography.