Cheteshwar Pujara becomes first Indian to face 500 balls in Test innings

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Ranchi, March 19: India's most consistent middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara stormed his way into record books after playing a marathon innings against Australia on fourth day of the third Test match here on Sunday (March 19).

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Pujara became the first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in a Test innings by surpassing Rahul Dravid's previous best of 495 balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes first Indian to face 500 balls in Test innings

Before Pujara, Dravid had played a marathon knock of 270 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2004 and took 495 balls. But Pujara surpassed Dravid on Sunday (March 19).

The right-handed batsman from Saurashtra also went on to slam another brilliant double hundred off 521 balls. He was finally dismissed at 202 (off 525 deliveries) as India lost their seventh wicket at 527. This was his 11th first-class double hundred. 

Pujara joined the elite league by becoming second Indian batsman to slam two double hundreds against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are the other two Indian batsmen to have scored a double ton against Australia.

Resuming the day's play, Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha continued their partnership as they put India ahead of Australia. The duo stitched a partnership of 199 runs for the seventh wicket.

Top 5 batsmen to face most balls: 

       Player      Run   Balls faced   Opposition   Year 
 Cheteshwar Pujara     202       521      Aus  2017
 Rahul Dravid   270    495      Pak  2004 
 Navjot Sidhu   201    491       WI  1997
 Ravi Shastri   206    477      Aus   1992  
 Sunil Gavaskar   172    472      Eng  1981

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