Robin Uthappa hits hat-trick of tons, equals Rahul Dravid's record

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Hubballi (Karnataka), Nov 24: Karnataka's Robin Uthappa equalled Rahul Dravid's record in Ranji Trophy when he hit his 3rd consecutive century, on Monday (November 23).

Uthappa hit a magnificent 148 against Delhi on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match at KSCA Stadium in Hubballi to draw level with Dravid.

File photo: Robin Uthappa celebrates a Ranji Trophy ton (Vs Odisha in Mysuru on November 9) this season

With his 17th hundred in Ranji Trophy, Uthappa has drawn level with Dravid. Only Brijesh Patel has more centuries - 26 than the duo for Karnataka in India's premier first-class tournament.

The right-handed Uthappa has been in roaring form in the last 3 innings. He hit 160 against Rajasthan and then followed that with 148 versus Odisha and yesterday he completed a hat-trick of tons.

The 30-year-old Uthappa is the first Karnataka batsman to hit 3 consecutive hundreds in the same Ranji Trophy season. Also, he matched Dravid and Patel with this feat.

Patel had constructed scores of 100 (against Uttar Pradesh, 1977/78), 100 (Goa, 1978/79) and 126 (Andhra, 1978/79) while Dravid had hit 134 (Bengal, 1990/91), 126 (Goa, 1991/92) and 128 (Kerala, 1991/92).

Former India captain Dravid took just 48 Ranji Trophy matches to reach 17-ton milestone while Uthappa is playing in his 90th game.

Thanks to Uthappa's century and opener Mayank Agarwal's 118, Karnataka posted 358/3 in 90 overs on the 1st day of the 4-day game.


Most hundreds for Karnataka in Ranji Trophy (Top 3)

26 - Brijesh Patel (104 matches)

17 - Robin Uthappa (90), Rahul Dravid (48)

15 - GR Viswanath (93)

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