New Delhi: Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara compiled an epic double century to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday.
With this stupendous performance, Pujara became only the third Indian batsmen in Test history to score two double centuries against Australia. The other two are batting legends VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.
Pujara scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries with 21 hits to the ropes. His previous double century came in 2013 when he scored a magnificent 204 off 341 balls at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. India thrashed Michael Clarke-led Australia by an innings and 135 runs in that very match.
Laxman notched up an epic 281 in 2001 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and scored an unbeaten 200 in 2008 at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Master blaster Tendulkar smashed 241* in 2004 at the Sydney Cricket Ground and 214 in 2010 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
England's Wally Hammons is on top of the all-time list with four double tons to his name.
West Indies’ batting legend Brian Lara is second in the list with three double tons.
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravi Shatri and Gautam Gambhir have achieved this feat only once in their career against Australia.