India vs Australia 4th Test Sydney: India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara shared a heartwarming message for Team India physio Patrick Farhat is surely giving the credit where it is due. He shared the message on Twitter after Day 2 of the ongoing final Test at Sydney. According to statistician Mohandas Menon, India’s number 3 batsman Pujara has so far batted for 1702 minutes or 28 hours and 22 minutes in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series. Pujara’s post read, “This man has spent more time with me than his family in the last month. Thanks Patrick Farhart for all your help in keeping me up and running. Cheers to all the long evening sessions.”

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. 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 has already slammed three centuries in the ongoing series and is the highest scorer for India.