In a remarkable display of skill and power, Hyderabad cricketer Tanmay Agarwal etched his name in first-class cricket history by notching the fastest triple century on Friday, January 26. The 28-year-old left-handed opener left spectators in awe as he reached the monumental 300-run mark in just 147 balls during Hyderabad's Ranji Trophy 2024 match against Arunachal Pradesh at NexGen Cricket Ground.
Agarwal's sensational innings remained unbeaten at an astounding 323 runs off a mere 160 balls by the close of play. His innings were a spectacle of aggressive batting, comprising an impressive tally of 33 fours and an astonishing 21 sixes. This whirlwind of boundaries propelled Hyderabad to a colossal total of 529/1 in a mere 48 overs, leaving the opposition grappling.
In achieving this extraordinary feat, Tanmay Agarwal shattered the previous record held by South African cricketer Marco Marais, who had set the benchmark with a 191-ball triple century in 2017. The Hyderabad-born cricketer not only broke the record for the fastest triple hundred but also surpassed Ishan Kishan's record for the most sixes in an innings in India's first-class cricket, hitting an astounding 21 sixes.
Tanmay Agarwal's stellar performance was not a solo act, as he partnered with team captain Rahul Singh to forge an incredible 449-run opening wicket stand in just 40.2 overs. Singh himself contributed significantly, scoring 185 off a brisk 105 balls, adding to the team's commanding total.
Arunachal Pradesh failed to counter Tanmay Agarwal's attack
The opposition, Arunachal Pradesh, found themselves on the receiving end of a formidable bowling attack. Chama Milind and Kartikeya Kak took three wickets each, while the experienced T Natarajan claimed two wickets for 53 runs. Arunachal Pradesh was bowled out for a modest 172 runs earlier in the day.
As the cricketing world applauds Tanmay Agarwal's historic achievement, the left-handed maestro now finds himself at the pinnacle of the list for the fastest 300 in first-class cricket history.
The record books will forever bear witness to Agarwal's exceptional innings, placing him alongside cricketing legends who have left an indelible mark on the game. This remarkable display of skill and determination by Tanmay Agarwal will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the defining moments in the history of first-class cricket.