'The New Wall': Cheteshwar Pujara Faces 1258 Balls in Australia Series, Breaks Rahul Dravid's Record
Pujara has faced 1258* deliveries in the series so far, the most by an Indian cricketer in a Test series in Australia, surpassing Dravid's 1203 balls in 2003-04 series
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Cheteshwar Pujara piled up 193 runs in India's first innings on the last and final Test against Australia to put the visitors in the driver's seat. His gritty knock came in 373 deliveries, which included 22 fours and a lot of determination. He missed his double ton after being dismissed caught & bowled by Nathan Lyon on Day 2 of Sydney Test.
According to statistician Mohandas Menon, India's number 3 batsman Pujara has so far batted for 1702 minutes or 28 hours and 22 minutes in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series. And if India comes out to bat again for their second innings, these numbers could change drastically.
While the 30-year-old's hunger to score runs isn't unknown, his defensive batting ensured that he broke a new record on the go, which had been held by Rahul Dravid for the last fifteen years.
Yep, Pujara has now faced 1258* deliveries in the series, the most by an Indian cricketer in a Test series in Australia, surpassing Dravid's 1203 balls in 2003-04 series, Virat Kohli's 1,093 balls in 2014-15 and Sunil Gavaskar's 1,032 balls in 1977-78.
His consistency and composure on the field was met with applause on Twitter and cricketers and fans were ecstatic.
Was watching the cricket, went outside, got a coffee, came home, showered, put the kettle on, watched Titanic, got lunch, read war and piece, left home, went travelling, did a gap year, turned the cricket back on... and Pujara was still batting— The Grade Cricketer (@gradecricketer) January 4, 2019
Quite amazed that Duracell haven’t approached Pujara yet for a tie up.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 4, 2019
Pujara's average this series (84.83) is more than double Kohli's (40.28).Pujara's dismissal rate (202.8) is more than double Kohli's (97.7).Pujara's made his runs at a faster rate (2.5rpo) than Kohli (2.47rpo).He's left the best batsman in the world in his dust.#AUSvIND— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) January 4, 2019
Chitt ke Ishwar, another name for Lord Shiva - Cheteshwar Pujara.Destroyed Australia’s chances in the series, most number of balls batted by an Indian in a series against Australia. Outstanding 193, memorable knock pic.twitter.com/jEcTWhs7kQ— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 4, 2019
Test match batting at its best by Pujara. @cheteshwar1 has been the difference between the 2 teams for me. To be able to bat for such long periods of time is a testament to his concentration and understanding of the game. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/7GJmJieOAk— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 4, 2019
Everyone on their feet at the SCG to applaud Pujara as he walks off the field having made 193. Now that's respect— Tom Decent (@tomdecent) January 4, 2019
Monumental, marvellous innings by Pujara. Deserved a double ton but has put India in command. His exploits in this series will be ranked as one of the best overseas efforts by a batsman especially since they helped his team clinch its maiden Test series win in Australia #INDvsAUS— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) January 4, 2019
Highest individual scores for India in Australia in Tests:241* - Sachin Tendulkar, SCG, 2004233 - Rahul Dravid, Adelaide, 2003206 - Ravi Shastri, SCG, 1992195 - Virender Sehwag, MCG, 2003193 - Cheteshwar Pujara, SCG, 2019*#AUSvsIND— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 4, 2019
Classical Test Match batting, a masterclass from Pujara. So much to learn from him for batsman all over the world these days. And while comparison is not fair, for the criticism he gets , in this series Pujara has scored runs at a strike rate marginally more than Kohli. pic.twitter.com/y20abO588C— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 4, 2019
Very happy for Pujara. Here is a player who knows his game inside out, is comfortable with who he is and how he plays and is just a simple, modest man. And that quality is a big part of his cricket. pic.twitter.com/gLu2CerpRc— Lucky SRKian (@I_amLkp) January 4, 2019
At the time of writing this, Team India has breached the 500 mark and look solid at 536/6. Rishabh Pant, who has been in the news mostly for his friendly banter with Aussie captain Tim Paine, became the first Indian wicketkeeper to slam a Test ton in Australia.
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