Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday March 19,2017 added another feather to his Test cap as he broke the Indian record of facing the maximum balls in a Test innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara achieved the feat on Day 4 of the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi on Sunday March 19,2017
Former India skipper and batting legend Rahul Dravid held the record earlier, having faced a marathon 495 balls during his knock of 270 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004.
Cheteshwar Pujara, in Ranchi, was unbeaten on 186 against Australia when he faced the 496th ball of his innings and bettered Rahul Dravid's record.
Navjot Sidhu is now third in the list facing 491 balls against West Indies in 1997
Former England cricketer Len Hutton's 364 off 847 balls against Australia in 1938 is the longest Test innings.
Here's the list of Indian batsmen who have faced maximum balls in a Test innings:
- Cheteshwar Pujara 525 vs Australia in 2017
- Rahul Dravid 495 vs Pakistan in 2004
- Navjot Sidhu 491 vs West Indies in 1997
- Ravi Shastri 477 vs Australia in 1992
- Sunil Gavaskar 472 vs England in 1981
- Rahul Dravid 468 vs England in 2002
- VVS Laxman 452 vs Australia in 2001
Cheteshwar finally was out for 202
521 Balls taken by Cheteshwar Pujara to reach his double-century, the most by an India batsman.
The previous slowest double-hundred for India was off 488 balls - Navjot Sidhu inPort of Spain Vs West Indies in 1996-97.
Two Players who have made more Double Tons against Australia than the two by Cheteshwar Pujara.
Hammond scored four double-tons followed by Brian Lara with three.
Graeme Pollock, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have also scored two double-hundreds
11 Double-centuries by Pujara in first-class matches - the most among Indian players along with Vijay Merchant. Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid have 10 double-tons. Pujara has made three double-centuries in Tests, five in the Ranji Trophy, two for India A and one in the Duleep Trophy
199 Runs Partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha - the highest 7th-wicket stand for India against Australia, beating 132 between Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare in Adelaide in 1947-48
It is the third highest seventh-wicket stand for any team against Australia.