07 May, 2021

When It Rolls, Take Three

Triple centurions are a rarefied club. Ranji Trophy has 43. And they’re coming in a rush.

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When It Rolls, Take Three
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2017-11-25T11:19:14+05:30

Indian domestic cricket has always been a run fest. Bowlers have toiled on dead, dull pitches, the sun beating mercilessly down on them, while batsmen have flayed them merrily to the cow corner. In the Ranji Trophy, the premier national cricket championship, there have been many triple centuries—to be precise, 43 triple tons so far in the 84 editions of the tournament which began in 1934. Come to think of it, this number may seem too small for such an old tournament. Also, there have been decades when no triple centuries were scored at all.

All that has changed now. In the last two seasons there has been a dramatic spurt in three-figure knocks. In 2016-17 alone, five triple centuries were scored, and in the first six rounds of the current Ranji Trophy league so far, there have been three. That means eight out of 43 triple, almost a fifth, have been registered just in the last two seasons. There are 19 matches, including 12 in the last round that began on November 25, still to be played—going by the rush, there could be a new record by the end of the...

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