Cheteshwar Pujara smashed records on day 4 of the Ranchi Test between India vs Australia. His marathon effort, which consumed 672 minutes, put India firmly on the driver’s seat. His 202 was his third double century in Tests and it was his second against Australia. (India vs Australia, Ranchi Test day 4 highlights)
If Pujara’s effort was supreme, then Wriddhiman Saha’s third century was vital. The 199-run stand between these two players, a record for the seventh wicket in India vs Australia Tests, helped India establish a lead of 152 runs. At the end of the day, India were in a great position as they were eight wickets away from going 2-1 up in the series. Here are some of the statistical highlights on day 4 of the Ranchi Test.
525 – Cheteshwar Pujara set an Indian record in terms of balls faced in a Test innings. He surpassed Rahul Dravid’s mark of 495 balls during his 270 versus Pakistan in Rawalpindi in 2003-04.
53 - Number of years since a batsman faced 500-plus balls versus Australia --- England’s Ken Barrington faced 624 balls to score 256 at Old Trafford in 1964.
3 – Only three Indian batsman have scored two double tons versus Australia -- Pujara (202 & 204), VVS Laxman (281 & 200*) and Sachin Tendulkar (241* & 214).
199 - By adding 199 runs, Pujara and Wriddiman Saha set a new record for the seventh wicket partnership for India against Australia. The previous best was 132, between Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare at Adelaide, in 1947-48.
77 - The number of overs bowled by O’Keefe is the second highest by a bowler in a Test in India. Pakistan’s Haseeb Ahmed holds the record, bowling 84 overs at Chennai in 1960-1.
210 - Number of overs faced by India for their 603/9 declared was their fourth-longest innings, and second longest in 55 years. India batted 225.2 overs against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2010. India’s previous longest innings 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.
- With inputs from Syed Pervez Qaiser-