Cheteshwar Pujara has entered the record books for yet another feat. The moment he walked into the ground to bat on Day 5 of the first India vs Sri Lanka Test match at the Eden Gardens on November 20, he entered the club of batsmen who batted on all the 5 days of a Test match. In the first innings, he stepped into bat at number 3 in the first over after KL Rahul was dismissed on a duck on the very first ball by Suranga Lakmal. While India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, Pujara stood his ground and anchored the Indian inning.
He batted throughout the first three days and went on to score another Test fifty. Though he got out on Day 3, the situations gave him a chance again to bat on Day 4. After bundling the Lankans on 294, the Indian opening pair added 166 runs to the first wicket and went past the 122-run trail taking a lead of 49 runs by the day end. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket on 94 after which Pujara came to bat.
Now on Day 5, Pujara, along with KL Rahul, resumed the Indian inning and became the 9th player and the 3rd from India after Motganhalli Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri to bat on all the five days of a 5-day Test match. Surprisingly, all these 3 batsmen achieved this feat at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Cheteshwar Pujara becomes the third Indian cricketer, after Ravi Shastri and ML Jaisimha to have batted on all 5 days of a Test match. pic.twitter.com/1ERgsi6p9r
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2017
Let’s have a look at the list of batsmen who reached this feat.
|Sl No||Batsman||Team||First Innings||Second Innings||Versus||Ground||Start Date|
|1||Motganhalli Jaisimha||India||20*||74||Australia||Kolkata||January 23, 1960|
|2||Geoffrey Boycott||England||107||80*||Australia||Nottingham||July 28, 1977|
|3||Kim Huges||Australia||117||84||England||Lord’s||August 28, 1980|
|4||Allan Kamb||England||23||110||West Indies||Lord’s||June 28, 1984|
|5||Ravi Shastri||India||111||7*||England||Kolkata||December 31, 1984|
|6||Adrain Griffith||West Indies||114||18||New Zealand||Hamilton||December 16, 1999|
|7||Andrew Flintoff||England||70||51||India||Mohali||March 9, 2006|
|8||Alviro Peterson||South Africa||156||29||New Zealand||Wellington||March 23, 2012|
|9||Cheteshwar Pujara||India||52||22||Sri Lanka||Kolkata||November 16, 2017|
Unlike the first innings, Pujara could play a big inning in the second and was dismissed by Suranga Lakmal on 22.