DUBAI, Oct 15: Fourteen years ago Azhar Ali came on as a substitute fielder to see Inzamamul Haq score an epic triple hundred in Lahore and wished he could emulate the legendary Pakistan batsman in the future.
On Friday, Azhar notched his own with an unbeaten 302 against West Indies in the second ever day-night Test in Dubai to join a select league of batsmen.
But what distinguishes the 31-year-old from the rest of the triple centurions is that he became the first batsman in day-night Test cricket to achieve the landmark.
“I still remember I was sent to the ground as a substitute fielder on the day when Inzamam scored that epic triple century,” said Azhar of Inzamam’s 329 against New Zealand in Lahore in May 2002.
“Now I have my own and it’s a great achievement for which I am proud and can’t explain my feelings.
“It is something which I will remember my whole life,” he added.
Azhar’s innings guided Pakistan to an imperious 579 for three. His was the fourth triple hundred by a Pakistani batsman.
Apart from him and Inzamam, late Hanif Mohammad knocked 337 against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958 and Younus Khan made 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009.