Cheteshwar Pujara plays India's longest innings

The Previous record of facing maximum balls during a test match was held by Rahul Dravid's 495 deliveries for his career-best 270 in Rawalpindi in 2004.

Mar 20, 2017 11:00 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara plays India's longest innings Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was in news on 19 March 2017 for his marathon knock that lasted for over 11 hours. His 202 off 525 balls in the first innings during the third test-match against Australia at the JSCA Stadium at Ranchi helped the team to take the first innings lead.

With this, Pujara became first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in an innings. This was his 3rd double century in his Test career.

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The fete also helped Pujara to join the elite list of players like Rahul Dravid, Navjot Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and VVS Laxman. In short, he is the sixth Indian batsman to face 450 balls in an innings.

The previous record of facing maximum balls in Test inning was held by Rahul Dravid (270 off 495 balls). Dravid’s record was created in 2004 during a match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. 270 during the inning at Rawalpindi was Dravid’s career-best score.

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Most balls faced by Indian Cricketer


Runs and Ball faced

Opposite to and year

Cheteshwar Pujara

202 off 525 balls

Against Australia in 2017

Rahul Dravid

270 off 495 balls

Against Pakistan in 2004

Navjot Sidhu

201 off 491 balls

Against West Indies in 1997

Ravi Shastri

206 off 477 balls

Against Australia in 1992

Sunil Gavaskar

172 off 472

Against England in 1981

Top five individual innings (by balls)


Runs and Ball faced

Opposite to and year

L Hutton (England)

364 off 847 balls

Against Australia in 1938

GM Turner (New Zealand)

259 off 759 balls

Against West Indies in 1972

RB Simpson (Australia)

311 off 743 balls

Against England in 1964

SG Barnes (Australia)

234 off 667 balls

Against England in 1946

G Kirsten (South Africa)

275 off 642 balls

Against England in 1999

Apart from this, Pujara is also the fourth batsman (overall) to face 500+ balls against Australia. Ken Barrington (England) was the last batsman to play 500 balls against Australia. He in 1964 faced 624 deliveries in his innings of 256 at Old Trafford.

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Wally Hammond (England) did it three times. Hammond is also the player who holds the record of scoring four double-tons against Australia. He is followed by Brian Lara (three double-tons). Sachin Tendulkar, Graeme Pollock and VVS Laxman are the players who have scored two double-tons against Australia.

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