London, July 5: India-born Samridh Agarwal batted his way into the record books by smashing a triple century for Oxford University against Cambridge University in the annual Varsity match at Fenner's ground in Cambridge. Agarwal's 313 not out is the first treble in the history of Varsity cricket in England.
Agarwal, who is also the captain of the side, broke another Indian-origin batsman Salil Oberoi's record of 247 for Oxford, "BBC" reported on Thursday (July 4). This is also the first ever triple century in University cricket, which was first played in 1827.
The 22-year-old Agarwal smashed 41 fours and 3 sixes in his 312-ball knock. With his magnificent innings, Oxford cantered home by an innings and 186 runs.
"It's a fantastic feeling," Agarwal, the final year Material Science graduation student, told "BBC Radio Oxford".
"It doesn't hit you until you realise what other people say and all their messages and kind words, the good thing is the team is in a good position too," he added.
Samridh Agarwal, also known as Sam Agarwal, had earlier hit a century in a first-class game for Oxford. He has also played for Surrey second XI.
"It was quite a sticky pitch and I thought getting in was the hardest part but after that it was quite easy to score.
"I just wanted to break the innings down into blocks so 50 then 100 and just carrying on batting, in the past I've been a culprit of giving it away too easily once I get to three figures.
"The big milestone was never in my sight it was just a case of batting and getting the team in the right position and it just happened that I got 300," he told "BBC".
Oxford coach Graham Charlesworth said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime experience".
"It was a really special day for him and an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience to see someone make 300," Charlesworth was quoted as saying by "oxfordmail" website.
"Sam practises throughout the year on his batting and bowling and works harder than any other batsman. It was nice to see his dedication rewarded," he added.
Oxford University 550/7 declared beat Cambridge University 119 & 245 (following on)