Jharkhand v Punjab, Ranji Trophy quarter-final, Jamshedpur, 5th day January 10, 2013

Taruwar Kohli scores season's fifth triple ton


Jharkhand 33 for 0 and 401 (Jaggi 132, Nemat 100, Kaul 4-78, Ladda 4-118) drew with Punjab 699 for 3 dec (Kohli 300*, Jiwanjot 131, Kaul 113*)

Taruwar Kohli converted his century into an unbeaten triple-century to light up an otherwise insignificant day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Punjab and Jharkhand at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.

With Punjab having overhauled Jharkhand's first-innings total of 401 to secure a semi-final face-off against Saurashtra, the last day's play was a formality. But Kohli, playing his first game of the season, ensured that the day would be fruitful.

He resumed his innings on 151 at the start of the day's play, and made the tired Jharkhand bowlers toil for two sessions of two and a half hours each before Punjab declared at 699 for 3 on the stroke of tea. With Jharkhand opting to bowl only two of their four specialist bowlers, Kohli and Uday Kaul had the ideal opportunity to increase their averages. And they did it to perfection by taking a toll on part-timers.

The only mistake of Kohli's innings came when he was on 205. He uppishly drove Ishank Jaggi, who was bowling medium pace with the third new ball, but the captain Shahbaz Nadeem dropped a straightforward catch. It was the second over after lunch and Kohli made sure he made utmost use of the reprieve.

With a ball remaining before tea, Kohli was batting on 296, and he drove offspinner Manish Vardhan through midwicket for his 34th boundary to burst into celebration amid applause from his team-mates. Kaul remained unbeaten on 113, after having scored his third century of the season.

Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh was all praise for Kohli as he said, "At this level, it's a great thing to see he took the responsibility and made sure that till the time he was there, he did not play any loose shot and took the team through."

Kohli's 300 not out was the third triple-century scored by a Punjab batsman, after Dinesh Mongia's unbeaten 308 against Jammu and Kashmir in 2000-01 and Pankaj Dharmani's 305 not out against the same opposition in 1999-2000. This was the second triple scored at this venue, after VVS Laxman's unbeaten 301 for Hyderabad against Bihar in 1997-98.

Kohli's triple was the fifth of the season. Kedar Jadhav scored 327 for Maharashtra against Uttar Pradesh; Saurashtra's Ravindra Jadeja scored 331 against Railways in Rajkot and an unbeaten 303 against Gujarat in Surat; and Jadeja's team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara registered the fourth triple-ton of the season during their quarter-final against Karnataka, hours before Kohli joined the 300-club.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • HNL on January 13, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    3 of the 4 quarter finals ended up being high-scoring meaningless matches where there is no even contest between bat and ball. Does this indicate lack of bowling talent or home teams preparing rank dead pitches making the game of cricket utterly uninteresting. Is this what BCCI wants in the end ? Have they not learnt their lesson in spite repeated failures by our national team, both overseas and at home as well ? Who cares which batsmen scored triple century, if it is achieved against a toothless attack on a lifeless pitch ? What India wants urgently and badly is quality players able to make it big in international arena.

  • Balraj on January 12, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    What good scoring triple centuries do if the performances at the international levcel are mediocre. Jadeja is the prime example. Our pitches and bowlers are the reason not these batsmen.

  • Khair ul on January 11, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    This is not good. Triple centuries should not be so easy to score. Having such pitches will only serve to widen the gulf between domestic and international cricket.

  • Harshavardhana on January 11, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @Ashik Sali, How many leading scorers in ranji got chance in Ind team ? The system shows the in-efficiency of selectors and captain. They sit in A/C rooms with few old players for selection. Never goes to see ranji matches.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    So many triple's in the domestic circuit and yet we do not have proper replacement at the national level. That speaks the state of Indian cricket.

  • Anit on January 11, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    The twice triple centurion Jadeja has not impressed with his batting in against the Pak series. Also, the frequency of 300+ scores show the quality of domestic players as well as grounds. Make players play in challenging conditions to help high quality players surface to the top.

  • Jyothi on January 10, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    BCCI please make ranji games sporty with green turf and let the batsmen toil.only then we get get nxt generation Sachin,Dravid etc.Team must learn to win ,not playing for 1st innings lead to secure points.After all we have the wealthiest Board in the world,can afford such expenditure in maintaining such pitches.also make it compulsory for national team players to play domestic cricket matches.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    BCCI need to rethink of Domestic cricket format... as for as we see in this Ranji Trophy 2012/13 most of the teams got points with 1st innings run lead & its really bad attitude towards game. Captains needs to think and win for the game rather they killing bowlers at all over the game. Ground curators has to make good playing pitch not the one they made for QF, these pitches will not create good batsmen. You have to make good playing pith which suites both batsmen and bowlers but here in india making flat pitch and scoring trible or 4 hundreds no use. BCCI pls look into it and save the game.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    The Ranji Trophy is bound by 'stupid' rules. Any one who can ba,t rules. There is no sense in blaming the captains. They are playing to win

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    we don,t want change ,that is why we don,t change venues for improtant ranji matches.and in futer also we will not make good tarcks for Ranji bcz ,WE WANT ONLY RUNS NOT WKT

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