Cheteshwar Pujara’s rock solid innings continued to dominate the Aussies on the day 2 of the Sydney Test. The right-hander displayed nerves of steel facing the Australian bowling attack. Unfortunately, Pujara missed out on his double ton as he got out on 193 runs after facing 373 deliveries. Pujara during the course of his inning went on to hit 22 fours and no maximums. However, despite missing out on his double century, the Indian batsman went on to shatter a few records as he made his way back to the pavilion. Cheteshwar Pujara Misses Double Ton During Day 2 of Sydney Test; Virender Sehwag & Kumar Sangakkara Hail the Batsman!
Pujara yesterday brought up his 18th century against the Aussies and remained on 130 at day 1 stumps. This was his third century on the Australian soil. No sooner he reached 190 run mark, the nation as glued to television set expecting his to score a double hundred. But a beautiful delivery from Nathan Lyon sent the Indian batsman packing on the score of 193 runs. Here are a few records were broken by the Indian batsman during the course of his innings. Virat Kohli Helps Rishabh Pant in the Nets, Wicket-Keeper Batsman Ends up Scoring Century (Watch Video)
- Cheteshwar Pujara is placed sixth on the list of highest scores by an Asian batsman in Australia. Sachin Tendulkar remains on number one with 241 not out. Rahul Dravid is on number two scoring 233 runs. Ravi Shastri is placed on number three with 206, whereas Azhar Ali is on number four with 205* runs. India’s Virender Sehwag is on number five with 195 runs.
- Pujara has so far faced 1257 balls on the Australian soil in four matches and thereby has surpassed Rahul Dravid who had faced 1203 deliveries.
- The right-hander batted for 1868 minutes in this Test series and becomes the third Indian batsman to have stayed on the field for so long. Sunil Gavaskar had batted for 1978 minutes vs West Indies in 1971 and then against England in 1981-82.
- He becomes the third batsman to have faced the most number of balls in an away Test series. Rahul Dravid tops the list with 1336 balls against England. The record was made in 2002. Alaister Cook is on number two after facing 1285 balls against India in 2012-13. Pujara stands on number three facing 1245 balls.
- Pujara became the eight Indian batsmen to get out in 190s in Test.
- Che is the only batsman fourth in the world to have batted for more than 500 minutes in a Test innings against Australia twice.
- The right-hander for over 300 balls in a Test innings since 2017.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 525 balls v Australia, Ranchi
Cheteshwar Pujara – 373 balls v Australia, SCG
Cheteshwar Pujara – 362 balls v Sri Lanka, Nagpur
Cheteshwar Pujara – 319 balls v Australia, MCG
India continues to dominate the hosts as they are now on 536 runs for the loss of six wickets. Rishabh Pant is batting on 135 runs and Ravindra Jadeja just got his first half-century in Australia. Surely the Aussies are waiting for the Indians to declare the innings.