Himachal batsman hits 300 in First Class cricket , that too on his birthday
Shimla: Prashant Chopra, 25, has become the first batsman from Himachal Pradesh to score a triple hundred in the First-Class cricket.
With this feat, he has entered the exclusive ‘300’ club. So far, 212 triple-centuries have been scored in the First-Class cricket. He has also become one of the three rare batsmen who have scored a triple hundred on their birthdays. Colin Cowdrey (on his 30th birthday in 1962) and Raman Lamba ( on his 35th birthday in 1995) are the only two other batsmen.
With his 338 runs in 363 balls (44×4, 2×6), Himachal team on Saturday scored a mammoth target of 726 runs against Punjab in the ongoing Ranji Trophy (Group D) match at Dharamsala HP CA stadium.
Members of India’s ‘300’ Club:
On the first day of the match, Prashant scored unbeaten 271 runs and that made him the second highest run scorer in a day in Ranji Trophy history. He was just six runs behind from highest 277 by Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, playing for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in 1948-49.
Prashant is the first batsman to score a triple hundred for Himachal and the tenth-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy.
Prashant also broke the previous record of 271 by Rajeev Nayyar against Jammu & Kashmir in 1999-00.
In the 2016-17 season, Prashant has scored 1316 runs at an average of 73.11. Out of four centuries that he hit this season, two are double-hundreds (237 and 194).
Currently based in Chandigarh, Prashant was born in Solan district of the Hill state. His father, Shiv Chopra – an NIS qualified coach.
While talking to an English Daily, he said it is a very, very special figure and hoped it would help him bag a position in the Indian cricket team.