May 7, 2002

Inzamam - First 21st Century triple centurion

Inzamam-ul-Haq became the first batsman to score a test Triple Century in 21st century when he scored a massive knock of 329 against New Zealand in the May 1-5, 2002 Lahore Test. It was the sixteenth triple century in test cricket. All the previous 15 had been scored in the last century. The highest individual innings recorded in the 19th century was 211 by Australia's W.L.Murboch at the Oval in 1884. For Pakistan, it was the second triple century after Hanif Mohammad's 337 at Barbados against the West Indies in 1957-58.

Incidentally, this was the second triple century on Pakistan soil after the 334 not out by Aussie Mark Taylor at Peshawar, 4 years ago. Yet it set a new highest individual innings record for Pakistan at Lahore. Erasing the previous record of Javed Miandad's 280 not out against India at Hyderabad (P) in 1982-83. Brian Lara (375) holds the highest individual innings record in Test Cricket.

Inzamam-ul-Haq's innings of 329 is the 10th highest individual innings in this elite list. Sir Don Bradman is so far the only batsman to achieve the unique feat twice.

So far, 5 Englishmen, 4 Australians, 3 West Indians, 2 Pakistani's and one Sri Lankan have reached the landmark. No South African, Indian, New Zealander, Zimbabwean and Bangladeshi batsmen has yet scored a triple test century.

Highest Individual Innings

375 B.C. Lara WI V Eng at St. John's 1993-94 365* G.S. Sobers WI V Pak at Kingston 1957-58 364 L. Hutton Eng V Aus at The Oval 1938 340 S.T. Jayasuriya SL V Ind at Colombo (RPS) 1997-98 337 Hanif Mohammad Pak V WI at Bridgetown 1957-58 336* W.R. Hammond Eng V NZ at Auckland 1932-33 334* M.A. Taylor Aus V Pak at Peshawar 1998-99 334 D.G. Bradman Aus V Eng at Leeds 1930 333 G.A Gooch Eng V Ind at Lords 1990 329 Inzamam-ul-Haq Pak V NZ at Lahore 2001-02 325 A. Sandham Eng V WI at Kingston 1929-30 311 R. B. Simpson Aus V Eng at Manchester 1964 310* J. H. Edrich Eng V NZ at Leeds 1965 307 R.M Cowper Aus V Eng at Melbourne 1965-66 304 D.G Bradman Aus V Eng at Leeds 1934 302 D.G Rowe WI V Eng at Bridgetown 1973-74