Cheteshwar Pujara Joins Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane in Elite List of Active Indian Players With 50 Catches in Test Cricket During IND vs BAN Pink Ball Test
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Cheteshwar Pujara completed his 50th catch in Test cricket for India becoming only 15th Indian to complete 50 catches in Test cricket for India. The Indian No 3, held on to a rebound catch off Mohammed Shami’s bowling to complete the milestone. Pujara, who started the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh on 48 Test catches caught Mehidy Hasan and Abu Jayed to reach the landmark. Pujara’s feat was also extra special with the star Indian batsman reaching the milestone in the historic pink-ball Test between India and Bangladesh, which is also the first time both India and Bangladesh are playing a day-night Test match. It is also the first time a day-night Test match – and Pink ball cricket – is being played in the subcontinent. India Vs Bangladesh, Live Cricket Score 2nd Test Match.

Pujara’s landmark took him past Murali Vijay (49) in the Indian list of Test match catches by a non-wicketkeeper. Rahul Dravid leads the Indian list with 210 catches from 164 matches. Pujara has played 75 Test matches and has taken 50 Test catches. VVS Laxman is the next best Indian player in the list for most catches in Test cricket, which is led by Dravid. Rohit Sharma’s Spectacular Catch to Dismiss Mominul Haque During IND vs BAN Day-Night Test Inspires Funny Memes on Twitter.

His catch to dismiss concussion substitute Mehidy Hasan was a brilliant low take, which took him to 49 Test catches. Ishant, who was breathing fire with pink ball and had already taken three wickets, bowled a full delivery on Mehidy's pads, which the all-rounder comfortably placed towards the mid-wicket. Pujara, who was stationed at mid-wicket, dived low to his front to complete the catch.

Pujara's next came an over later this time off Shami. Abu Jayed trying to move away from a cruel Shami delivery edged it towards the second slip where Rohit spilled it only for Pujara to hold the ball and complete his landmark of 50 Test matches.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is second in the list with 205 catches from 149 matches. Australian cricketer Steve Smith is the player to have taken the most number of catches among active cricketers. Smith has so far taken 109 catches from 69 Test matches.

Among the Indians, it is Ajinkya Rahane with 79 catches from 63 Tests. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is second in the list among active Indian players with 77 catches from 84 Test matches. Pujara following his 50th catch is third in the Indian list. Ravindra Jadeja (33 catches) is fourth, while Rohit Sharma (31 catches), who took a stunner early into the innings is fifth among active Indian players.