Tanmay Agarwal shattered records in first-class cricket© X (formerly Twitter)
Hyderabad batter Tanmay Agarwal shattered records by slamming a triple century in just 147 deliveries during the Ranji Trophy match against Arunachal Pradesh on Friday. Hyderabad ended up scoring 529 runs in just 48 overs for the loss of one wicket with Agarwal breaking a plethora of records with his impressive knock. This was the first time ever that a batter slammed a triple century in under 150 balls in a first-class cricket match. According to Wisden Almanack, the first ‘first-class’ cricket match was played in 1772 and as a result, this was the first time that this feat was achieved in around 252 years.
This was the fastest triple-century in first-class cricket as Agarwal surpassed the previous record held by Marco Marais since 2017. Agarwal’s innings had 33 fours and 21 sixes – another record in first-class cricket as it is now the highest number of sixes hit in an innings beating Ishan Kishan’s previous record.
The 28-year-old also become the first player to score 300-plus runs in a single day in Ranji history.
Agarwal was unbeaten on 323 off just 160 balls – the seventh-most runs scored by any batter in a single day’s play in first-class cricket. It was also the second-fastest triple ton when it comes to minutes.
The records were not just limited to the triple century as Agarwal also slammed the fastest first-class double century by an Indian. He achieved the feat in 119 balls and he surpassed the previous record held by Ravi Shastri who slammed the double ton in 123 balls against Baroda in 1985. Overall, it was the second-fastest double century in the history of first-class cricket.
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