Australia vs India 4th Test Sydney: India’s No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara has been in the form of his life as he scored 193 at Sydney Cricket Ground. He has been the pivot around which the Indian team has revolved. Pujara has been an example of patience and focus can do in cricket. It was also his third century of the series and both the previous ones have come in winning causes at Adelaide and Melbourne and he would be hoping the same with his marathon 193. The Saurashtrian became only the third India batsman to score 500+ runs in a Test series in Australia. He joined Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid to this feat.
He also joined the like of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar in batting over 500 minutes in a Test innings against Australia – twice!
Sunil Gavaskar (551, 513)
Sachin Tendulkar (613, 547)
Alastair Cook (634, 625)
Cheteshwar Pujara (672, 502*)
Pujara also became the fifth Indian batsman to score 150+ at SCG.
Also since 1971, only two batsmen have come to Australia and faced more deliveries in a series than Cheteshwar Pujara has done, those batsmen being Alastair Cook and Desmond Haynes.
He also surpassed Rahul Dravid to face the most number of balls by an Indian batsman in a Test Series in Australia. Pujara’s long vigil finally came to an end on 193 when he was caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon, he missed out on what would have been a historic double century.