India vs Sri Lanka: Cheteshwar Pujara becomes only third Indian to bat on all five days of a Test match

India's middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today achieved a rare feat, becoming only the third Indian and ninth overall to bat across five days in a Test match.

PTI, Nov,20 2017

Kolkata: India's middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Monday achieved a rare feat, becoming only the third Indian and ninth overall to bat across five days in a Test match.

When Pujara came out to bat this morning on the final day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka, he joined ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri in the elite list. Incidentally they had also achieved the rare feat at the Eden Gardens.

File image of Cheteshwar Pujara. AP

File image of Cheteshwar Pujara. AP

He could achieve the feat thanks to rain interruption on day one and two.

Pujara had come in to bat on day one after opener Rahul was dismissed in the first ball and went on hit a gritty 52 under testing conditions.

Pujara remained unbeaten on eight runs having faced 32 deliveries on day one. He added 39 runs in his unbeaten knock and faced 70 balls on day two. Pujara added five from 15 balls on day three before being cleaned up by Lahiru Gamage.

Pujara faced nine balls yesterday and today he added 20 to his overnight total of two, having faced 42 deliveries before being done in by Suranga Lakmal.

Incidentally Pujara's aggregate of 74 runs (52 and 22) is the lowest among the nine players to bat all 5 days, going below 94 by Jaisimha (20* and 74).

Jaisimha was the first batsman to achieve the milestone which had come against Australia in 1960, scoring 20 not out and 74.

Shastri entered the club in 1984 against England scoring 111 and 7 not out.

The other cricketers in the list include Geoffrey Boycott (England), Kim Hughes (Australia), Allan Lamb (England), Adrian Griffith (West Indies), Andrew Flintoff (England) and Alviro Peterson of South Africa.

Published Date: Nov 20, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 20, 2017




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 New Zealand 6650 117
4 England 6483 116
5 Australia 6077 113
6 Pakistan 4875 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112