Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara plays India’s longest innings

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was in news on 19 March 2017 for his marathon knock that lasted for over 11 hours. His 202 off 525 balls in the first innings during the third test-match against Australia at the JSCA Stadium at Ranchi helped the team to take the first innings lead. With this, Pujara became first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in an innings. This was his 3rd double century in his Test career.

The fete also helped Pujara to join the elite list of players like Rahul Dravid, Navjot Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and VVS Laxman. In short, he is the sixth Indian batsman to face 450 balls in an innings. The previous record of facing maximum balls in Test inning was held by Rahul Dravid (270 off 495 balls). Dravid’s record was created in 2004 during a match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. 270 during the inning at Rawalpindi was Dravid’s career-best score.

Most balls faced by Indian Cricketer:

PlayerRuns and Ball facedOpposite to and year
Cheteshwar Pujara202 off 525 ballsAgainst Australia in 2017
Rahul Dravid270 off 495 ballsAgainst Pakistan in 2004
Navjot Sidhu201 off 491 ballsAgainst West Indies in 1997
Ravi Shastri206 off 477 ballsAgainst Australia in 1992
Sunil Gavaskar172 off 472Against England in 1981

Top five individual innings (by balls):

PlayerRuns and Ball facedOpposite to and year
L Hutton (England)364 off 847 ballsAgainst Australia in 1938
GM Turner (New Zealand)259 off 759 ballsAgainst West Indies in 1972
RB Simpson (Australia)311 off 743 ballsAgainst England in 1964
SG Barnes (Australia)234 off 667 ballsAgainst England in 1946
G Kirsten (South Africa)275 off 642 ballsAgainst England in 1999

Apart from this, Pujara is also the fourth batsman (overall) to face 500+ balls against Australia. Ken Barrington (England) was the last batsman to play 500 balls against Australia. He in 1964 faced 624 deliveries in his innings of 256 at Old Trafford.

Wally Hammond (England) did it three times. Hammond is also the player who holds the record of scoring four double-tons against Australia. He is followed by Brian Lara (three double-tons). Sachin Tendulkar, Graeme Pollock and VVS Laxman are the players who have scored two double-tons against Australia.

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