PHOTOS: Cheteshwar 'Dependable' Pujara's marathon knock frustrates Australia

Team India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries and created the record of facing most balls in an innings by an Indian batsman.

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Ranchi, March 19: Team India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries and created the record of facing most balls in an innings by an Indian batsman.

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With 21 hits to the ropes, this was the third Test double-century for Pujara and his second against Australia.

The Saurashtra batsman became the first Indian to face more than 400 balls in a Test innings at home since VVS Laxman batted 452 deliveries during his 281-run knock against Australia during the Kolkata Test in 2001.

(Pujara becomes first Indian to face 500 balls in Tests)

Pujara surpassed Rahul Dravid's record of facing 495 balls en route his 470 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi, which was the previous best by an Indian batsman. 

Pujara's marathon innings came to an end soon after the double-century when he tried to loft a Nathan Lyon delivery over midwicket and Glenn Maxwell pulled off an excellent catch.

Here are a few images from Pujara's match defining knock:

Pujara slams second Test double against Australia

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his double century during the 4th day of the 3rd test match against Australia in Ranchi on Sunday.

Pujara raises his bat

Cheteshwar Pujara raises his bat and helmet to celebrate a double century during 4th day of 3rd Test against Australia in Ranchi on Sunday.

Pujara hits third Test double

Pujara raises his bat and helmet to celebrate a double century. With 21 hits to the ropes, this was the third Test double-century for Pujara and his second against Australia.

Pujara breaks Rahul Dravid's record

Pujara plays a shot during 4th days play of 3rd test match against Australia in Ranchi on Sunday. He scored 202 runs off a marathon 525 deliveries.

Pujara frustrates Australia

Cheteswar Pujara plays a shot during 4th days play of 3rd test match against Australia in Ranchi on Sunday.

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