Hyderabad, Feb 9: India cricketer Karun Nair earned the dubious distinction of being only the second fit batsman in the history of Test cricket to be dropped from the playing XI after scoring a triple hundred in his previous Test match.
Not many fit players have been dropped from the playing XI after scoring a triple hundred and unintentionally the Karnataka batsman will have to bear the ignominy of losing out on a Test match as the team management felt that Rahane's contribution over two years can't be overlooked.
Only three players before Karun had missed out on a next Test match after scoring a triple hundred. Andy Sandham was 40 years old during the timeless Test against West Indies in Jamaica way back in 1925.
Sandham was playing his 14th Test and scored 325. The match ended on the ninth day as England team then known as MCC had a ship to catch! Sandham subsequently got injured and never really recovered and his Test career came to an end.
The other two, who missed out on the next Test after a triple ton, are Sir Len Hutton and Inzamam ul Haq but in both cases, the players in question were not fully fit.
Hutton scored 364 against Australia at Oval in an Ashes Test in August and played the next Test against South Africa in December that year.
Inzamam scored his career best 329 against New Zealand at Lahore in May 2002 and played his next Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 2002.
(With inputs from agencies)