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49 balls 50, 147 balls 300!

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The storm ended today with 1 four and 5 sixes. Tanmoy Agarwal is satisfied today with 33 runs off 21 balls. But what this left-handed opener did yesterday is enough. What happened in the game between Hyderabad and Arunachal Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy yesterday can only be imagined in video games, not in reality.

Hyderabad won the toss and put Arunachal Pradesh into bat yesterday. Despite opener Techi Doria’s 97 runs, the team was bundled out for 172 runs. But it was not yet understood what was going to happen.

Agarwal on one side and captain Rahul Singh on the other went down at the start of the innings. The second pair broke in the 41st over. What happened before that is almost unimaginable. Rahul returned with 185 runs off 105 balls with 26 fours and 3 sixes. And the team’s run by then 449!

Because, on the other end, Rahul’s 177 strike was also thought of as Test mood by Agarwal. The 28-year-old opener has already crossed two and a half centuries. Agarwal scored 250 off 135 balls and reached the milestone of 300 in the next 12 balls.

300 runs off 147 balls with 31 fours and 20 sixes. No one has seen such a quick triple century in first-class cricket. The previous record for the fastest first-class century was held by Marco Marais of South Africa.

Playing against Eastern Province in 2017, this Border team batsman scored a triple century off 191 balls. Before him this record was held by an Australian. Charles McCartney played 221 balls en route to a triple century against MCC in 1921.

And Agarwal reduced the record to 147 balls! Who will say, it took 49 balls for Agarwal to score the first 50 runs. After that, the pace picked up a bit, reaching the century off 80 balls. After that, only the storm gave the book. Dal made the record for the fastest century with another hundred in the next 39 balls. And the third century came in just 28 balls.

On the other hand, Rahul, who got 50 off 35 balls, got a century off 62 balls. He was also ahead of Agarwal in 150 runs (86 balls). Then his speed decreased. But Agarwal did not stop. Hyderabad scored 529 runs in 48 overs before the end of the day’s play. The opener ended the day with 323 runs off 160 balls with 33 fours and 21 sixes.

This opener became the first player to score 300 runs in a single day in Ranji. Although, to put it more precisely, he only got half the day to bat. Agarwal did not last long on the second day today, but his innings of 366 runs off 181 balls with 34 fours and 26 sixes cannot be called normal. After scoring 615 for 4 in 59.3 overs, Hyderabad also felt they had scored enough runs.

On the way to this innings, Agarwal broke Ishan Kisan’s (14 sixes) Indian record for most sixes in an innings yesterday. Today it has become a world record beyond the boundaries of the country. Till now the record for most sixes in first class was held by Colin Munro (23 sixes, 2015). He came close to breaking the record Shafiqullah Shinwari (22 sixes).

However, despite breaking all the records of balls and sixes, Agarwal did not make the fastest triple century in terms of time. That record is still held by Dennis Compton. Compton scored a triple century in just 181 minutes for MCC on the tour of South Africa in 1948. Agarwal is two minutes late.



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