India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 4th day March 19, 2017

Pujara plays India's longest innings

Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
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Cheteshwar Pujara's 525-ball 202 was the longest Test innings by an India batsman © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

525 Balls faced by Cheteshwar Pujara - the most by an India batsman in a Test innings (where balls faced is known). The previous record was Rahul Dravid's 495 deliveries for his career-best 270 in Rawalpindi in 2004.

1964 The last time a batsman played over 500 balls against Australia. Ken Barrington faced 624 deliveries in his innings of 256 at Old Trafford. Pujara is only the fourth batsman to face over 500 balls against Australia. Wally Hammond did it three times.

2 Players who have made more double-centuries against Australia than the two by Pujara. Hammond scored four double-tons followed by Brian Lara with three. Graeme Pollock, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have also scored two double-hundreds against Australia.

11 Double-centuries by Pujara in first-class matches - the most among Indian players along with Vijay Merchant. Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid have 10 double-tons. Pujara has made three double-centuries in Tests, five in the Ranji Trophy, two for India A and one in the Duleep Trophy.

215 Number of balls Pujara faced from Steve O'Keefe in his innings - the second most by a batsman off a bowler in a Test innings since 2000. Mahela Jayawardene had batted 221 balls off Nicky Boje in his famous 374. Pujara scored 65 off O'Keefe at a strike rate of 30.23, and against other bowlers he scored at 44.19 - 137 runs off 310 balls.

Most balls faced off a bowler in an innings (since 2001)
Batsman Bowler Balls Runs Score Year
 Mahela Jayawardene  Nicky Boje  221  115  374 (572)  2006
 Cheteshwar Pujara  Steve O'Keefe  215  65  202 (525)  2017
 Jacques Kallis  Ray Price  189  68  189* (443)  2001
 Younis Khan  Muttiah Muralitharan  187  111  313 (568)  2009
 Stephen Fleming  Muttiah Muralitharan  185  95  274* (476)  2003

210 Overs batted by India - their fourth-longest Test innings and the second longest in last 55 years. They had batted 225.2 overs against Sri Lanka in Colombo (SSC) in 2010. The previous longest innings for India against Australia was 202 overs in Adelaide in 1985-86. The last team to play 200 overs against Australia was South Africa in Durban in 1994.

2001 The last time a bowler bowled 75 or more overs in an innings - Ray Price against South Africa in Bulawayo. O'Keefe bowled 77 overs in this innings, the second most for any bowler in India.

199 Partnership between Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha - the highest seventh-wicket stand for India against Australia, beating 132 between Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare in Adelaide in 1947-48. It is the third highest seventh-wicket stand for any team against Australia.

521 Balls taken by Pujara to reach his double-century, the most by an India batsman. The previous slowest double-hundred for India was off 488 balls - Navjot Sidhu in Port of Spain in 1996-97.

4 Number of Indian players to score over 2000 first-class runs in a season. Pujara has 2007 runs in this 2016-17 season, all in India. The other three are: Mohinder Amarnath (2234) in 1982-83 playing in Pakistan, India and West Indies; Sunil Gavaskar (2121) in 1978-79 in India and Pakista; and Mohammad Azhruddin (2016) in 1991 in England. Pujara is the first to score over 2000 runs in an Indian first-class season.

3 Centuries for Saha - the second most among India wicketkeepers behind MS Dhoni's six. Saha's third century came in his 34th innings, compared to Dhoni's 62.

2.87 Run rate of India's innings - the lowest among their 27 600-plus totals. Their total of 603 for 9 is their fourth-highest total against Australia. India had scored only 674 runs in four innings of the first two Tests before this total.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • opto_pus on March 21, 2017, 8:53 GMT

    @MAHENDRA1:"C Pujara Played tooooooooooo many dot balls, he should have scored a bit faster and India if had declared at tea time of day 4, it would be 2-1 in favor of India."This makes no sense the reason why Pujara was scoring slowly was the fact that the Australian bowlers were bowling to a good plan which worked well against every Indian batsmen. Kohli bowl off stump fifth stump line moving ball away, Rehane bowl any spinner early against him he is completely clueless. The Australians have a good bowling attack and didn't allow Pujara to score as freely as he has done against the weaker sides like New Zealand or Bangladesh, England selected a second string spin bowling attack instead of Ollie Raynor, Adil Rashid the best spinners in England. Kohli will not average more than 14 in this series remember where you heard it first and from whom. Shreyas Iyer needs to replace Rahane who's been a passenger all season, If Kohli is injured he should be replaced, K Nair replaced with K Yadav.

  • mahendra1 on March 20, 2017, 10:39 GMT

    C Pujara Played tooooooooooo many dot balls, he should have scored a bit faster and India if had declared at tea time of day 4, it would be 2-1 in favor of India.

  • mahendra1 on March 20, 2017, 9:58 GMT

    that's how its a drawn match.

  • Dysan25 on March 20, 2017, 4:31 GMT

    Congrats Pujara on facing 500 balls in an innings. There were few matches earlier where India crumbled after Kohli got out but Pujara today has shown (yet again) what it takes to bring his team back on the brink of victory. For the past two years it was Rahane and now Pujara has taken the mantle. This also shows how the team has grown over the years. It takes a couple of players among the XI to step-up in every match for pushing for victory. Great to see that it's a different set of players every match.

  • opto_pus on March 20, 2017, 3:44 GMT

    @CHIRAGPATHAK:"Undoubtedly Pujara is currently the best batsman of Indian test team ! He not only saved test match but also push India toward complete possible win ! He is definitely ahead of overhyped Kohli and Rahane!"A. Rahane should simply not be selected to bat for India in Indian conditions as he is behind Karun Nair in Indian conditions, however the 50 he scored in Bangalore has helped his cause greatly and the selectors would be reluctant to get rid of him. Ishant Sharma is and has been disappointing all this series and should be replaced by Jasprit Bumrah, with Karun Nair being replaced with Kuldeep Yadav also I would consider replacing Virat Kohli in the last test if he is still injured with Shreyas Iyer as that would be a inspiring move for India. My team for last test 1 Lokesh Rahul, 2. Murali Vijay 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Shreyas Iyer 5. Ajinke Rahane 6. Wriddhiman Saha 7. Ravichandran Ashwin 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Kuldeep Yadav 11. Jasprit Bumrah.

  • reversedrive on March 19, 2017, 22:44 GMT

    Respect to Mr Courageous - Jimmy Amaranth for continuing to hold the record for maximum runs in a first class season despite battling Marshall & co in West Indies, Imran et el in Pak and others in India even as the rest of Indian batting crumbled for most parts.

  • Geronimothebestindian on March 19, 2017, 21:14 GMT

    @CHIRAGPATHAK - I completely agreed and second your thoughts here good sir! "Undoubtedly Pujara is currently the best batsman of Indian test team! He not only saved test match but also push India toward complete possible win ! He is definitely ahead of overhyped Kohli" Hopefully now Mr Kohli will not criticise how slow Pujara scores and acknowledges his masterful arts of batting an opponent to submission.

  • ScoobyRaj on March 19, 2017, 19:52 GMT

    How many First Class 200s have Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar scored.

  • vkumar_086 on March 19, 2017, 19:48 GMT

    OPTO_PUS ON MARCH 19, 2017, 18:04 GMT...Well said sir, I echo your words...this is a series between TOP two teams and nothing to do with bottom ranked one, which lost to Zimbabwe and West Indies

  • opto_pus on March 19, 2017, 19:27 GMT

    I think India need to replace Ishant Sharma with Jasprit Bumrah and Ajinke Rahane with Kuldeep Yadav in the last test to make the team a stronger team. Anil Kumble is the worst Indian coach ever to have been given the job of coaching India he should be supporting the development of good leg spinners in the Indian test team but is wasting the teams time with his photography. If he just wants to take pictures of the team he should consider becoming a professional photographer and retire from coaching India. The job of Indian test coach should be about developing young spinners for the Indian team which he should be doing by introducing Kuldeep Yadav in this series but he is a pathetic excuse of a coach whom seems promoted beyond his true skill level. Every Indian can see Ishant is a completely useless bowler and he keeps getting selected Jasprit Bumrah and Ishwar Pandey continue to be sidelined by the pathetic bowling of Ishant whom is the most useless pace bowler in test cricket ever

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