The pressure of approaching a triple hundred pales when one has survived a near death experience, said a calm and composed Karun Nair after becoming only the second Indian batsman to score a triple hundred in Test cricket.

Karun’s unbeaten 303 against England in the ongoing fifth and final cricket Test put him in the same bracket as Garry Sobers and Bob Simpson on account of converting a debut century into a triple ton.

Reflecting on the knock, which has given India a chance to push for victory, Karun put things in perspective by recalling a boat accident in Kerala, which he survived earlier this year despite not knowing how to swim.

“I didn’t know how to swim. People there rescued me and I was lucky to live again (about the boat accident in his home in Kerala),” Karun told official broadcasters.