Hyderabad’s opening batter Tanmay Agarwal created history by scoring the fastest triple-century and the most sixes in an innings in First-Class cricket. He achieved the feat in a Ranji Trophy Plate Group match against Arunachal Pradesh at the ‘Gen-Next’ cricket ground in Hyderabad.
Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 323 off 160 balls with 33 fours and 21 sixes on Friday, resumed his innings on Saturday and added 43 more runs in 23 balls with 5 sixes. He was eventually dismissed for 366, falling short of Brian Lara’s record of 501* in a First-Class match. However, he surpassed the previous record of 23 sixes in an innings, held by New Zealand’s Colin Munro.
The 28-year-old also broke the record of the fastest triple-century in First-Class cricket, which was held by South Africa’s Marco Marais, who had reached the milestone in 191 balls. Agarwal took only 147 balls to score his triple-hundred, smashing the Arunachal Pradesh bowlers all over the park.
“I feel good and grateful. After I completed 150, I just started hitting and luck was in my favour. I always found middle of the bat and balls went out. I just kept batting and kept hitting,” Agarwal told PTI after his sensational knock.
“The world record just happened. Nothing was planned. There were no plans that I would do this and that. It just happened,” he added.
Hyderabad piled up a mammoth 529 for 1 in just 48 overs, thanks to Agarwal’s blitzkrieg. Arunachal Pradesh were bowled out for 147 and 98 in their two innings, losing the match by an innings and 284 runs.
The match, however, raised questions about the quality of cricket in the Plate Group, where teams from the north-eastern states are directly integrated into the Ranji Trophy. Critics have argued that such lopsided contests do not benefit either side and undermine the prestige of the domestic tournament.
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