India vs Australia 4th Test Day 5: Cheteshwar Pujara went past Virat Kohli on the list of visiting Test batsmen who have faced the most balls in Australia since 2010.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been a model of concentration yet again in a Test series in Australia (AP Photo)
- Cheteshwar Pujara has faced 2657 balls across three tours to Australia (2014/15, 2018/19 and 2020/21)
- Pujara has 993 runs from 21 innings in Australia at an average of 47.28 with 3 hundreds, 5 fifties
- The 32-year-old finished this series as the 3rd highest scorer with 271 runs from 8 innings at an average of 33.87
Cheteshwar Pujara added yet another feather to his illustrious cap on Tuesday as he went past Virat Kohli to grab the second spot on the list of visiting Test batsmen who have faced the most balls in Australia since 2010.
Pujara is now second on the list after having faced 2657 balls across three tours to Australia in 2014/15, 2018/19 and 2020/21. The 32-year-old batsman from Saurashtra now has 993 runs from 21 innings in Australia at an average of 47.28 with 3 hundreds, 5 fifties and a highest score of 193.
Pujara broke Rahul Dravid’s Indian record for the most balls faced in a Test series in Australia on his last tour when he amassed 521 runs from 1258 deliveries at an average of 74.43.
Former England captain Alastair Cook leads the list with 2725 balls while India captain Virat Kohli, who went back home to Mumbai for his paternity leave after the Adelaide Test, has faced 2544 deliveries in red-ball cricket in Australia.
India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (1653) is fourth while England skipper Joe Root (1348) is fifth.
Pujara ended this four-match Border-Gavaskar series with 271 runs from 8 innings at an average of 33.87 with three half-centuries. He played yet another marathon innings on Day 5 of the ongoing Brisbane Test to put India in the driver’s seat.
Pujara brought up his 28th Test fifty and the slowest of his career in 196 balls before getting out to Pat Cummins on 56 off 211 balls.
Three of his slowest Test fifties have come in this series. The Sydney Test witnessed Pujara score back-to-back half-centuries off 174 and 170 balls in the first and second innings respectively to help India draw that game and keep the series alive.