Prashant Chopra as the opening batsman entered the record books by scoring as many as 271 runs on Day 1 – the second most scored by a player on a single day in India’s premier first-class tournament – before converting it into his maiden triple hundred. Turning 25 on Saturday, Chopra couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift as he moved to an individual score of 338 – the first triple ton in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 – to power Himachal to a mammoth total of 729 for 8 declared. By doing so, he became the third cricketer in history of the game to score a triple ton on his birthday after Colin Cowdrey (1962) and Raman Lamba (1995).
Speaking to bcci tv, an elated Chopra said discipline played a key role as he registered his career-best knock. “It required a lot of patience because when you are batting on 150-160 then your intentions are to hit over the top. But in this entire innings of 363 balls, I hit only two lofted shots and those were the two sixes that I hit. I have not played like this in my career so far; not playing the lofted shots. The first time I lofted the ball I was on 46 to get past 50 and that was a six and again I lofted the ball after going past 300,” Chopra said.
“I’ve seen some of Sehwag’s brilliant knocks in domestic and international cricket and this knock really reminded me of him. I have been around for more than 25 years now but never been in a game where 460 runs (459 for 2) were scored on the first day in a Ranji Trophy game.