The Ranchi Test between India and Australia will be known for Cheteshwar Pujara’s 202-run knock. This was Pujara’s second double ton against Australia in Tests. He helped India to a position of strength in the Ranchi Test. There’s another reason for Pujara’s double ton being extremely special. His is the longest Test innings by an Indian in terms of balls faced. Cricwizz takes a look at five longest Test innings by an Indian player in terms of balls faced.
Cheteshwar Pujara (525 balls): The No 3 Indian batsman created history when he faced 525 balls to score 202 against Australia in the Ranchi Test. He went past his idol Rahul Dravid’s record of facing most balls in a Test innings. There is a unique coincidence concerning Pujara’s record-breaking 202. When Pujara had faced exactly 500 balls, India score at the moment read exactly 500.
Rahul Dravid (495 balls): During the Rawalpindi Test against Pakistan in 2004, Dravid played a brilliant knock of 270 facing 495 balls cracking 34 fours and one six. Dravid’s knock helped India put up 600 and wrap up a win by an innings and 131 runs. Dravid was there at the crease for more than 12 hours.
Navjyot Singh Sidhu (491 balls): In 1997 Port of Spain Test against West Indies, Indian opener Navjyot Singh Sidhu made a patient knock of 201 facing 491 balls with 19 fours and one six. India put up 436 in first innings. The match ended in a dull draw.
Ravi Shastri (477 balls): The all-rounder opened the innings for India in the Sydney Test in 1992. He made a patient knock of 206 off 477 balls with 17 fours and 2 sixes. However, a young Sachin Tendulkar overshadowed Shastri’s knock with 148 not out. But Shastri won the man of the match award. The match ended in a draw.
Sunil Gavaskar (472 balls): The former Indian Test opener has a knack of playing long innings. He played a composed knock of 172 off 472 balls against England at Bangalore in 1981 to help India put up 428 and take 28-run lead in first innings. The match ended in a draw. Gavaskar won the man of the match award for his efforts.