Virender Sehwag expects Karun Nair to cross his record of 319
Updated - Dec 20, 2016 7:19 am
A day after Karun Nair reached the 300-run summit in Test match cricket, former India opener Virender Sehwag has stated that he’d love for the 25-year old Karnataka batsman to break his record in the near future. Virender Sehwag still holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian having smashed 319 against South Africa in Chennai all those years go.
However, Nair’s 303 came in rather different circumstances wherein he had to dig deep and use every bit of his character and mental strength to impress with the bat. Sehwag’s initial reaction was a tweet welcoming the 25-year old to the 300-run club.
He expressed his glee with a tweet, “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!”
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
Speaking to the media, Sehwag also went on to add that it would be fitting if Nair broke his record in the second time of reckoning since it has been 12 years since an Indian scored a triple century. He also went on to add that records are meant to be broken.
“I wish next time he would crosses 319, my score. I want that record broken. Because every record is meant to be broken. Welcome to the 300 club. I have been waiting alone for the company for 12 years and eight months, hoping some Indian would come and join me,” Sehwag told Mumbai Mirror.
Sehwag added, “Scoring a biggie so early is a kind of icing on the cake. You earn respect straightway, from teammates and the opposition. People will think that he is a Lambi race ka ghoda. You get stamped that way. There will be expectations but that is a good sign.”
“He deserved it. There was a conscious effort to reach there. That he took 70-odd balls to reach 300 from 200 is an indication of his intent,” said Sehwag.
Sehwag also mentioned about Chennai’s fondness for runs and records. “Mr. Gavaskar has scored major runs there, Sachin Tendulkar too has done special things there, the tied Test was there and my triple was also there.Now this rare feat has come on the same ground and I actually see something special at the Chepauk,” he signed off.