Eden Gardens (Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)
Eden Gardens (Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Cheteshwar Pujara achieved a rare achievement in Test cricket during the first match between India and Sri Lanka, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He batted on all five days of the Test. In doing so, he became only the ninth cricketer to achieve the feat. Despite India conceding a 124-run first innings lead, they came agonisingly close to winning the Test. However, this isn’t about that.

Here’s the list of batsmen who batted on all five days of a Test.

Player Scores Opposition Venue Season
ML Jaisimha (India) 20*, 74 Australia Kolkata 1959-60
Geoffrey Boycott (England) 107, 80* Australia Nottingham 1977
Kim Hughes (Australia) 117, 84 England Lord’s 1980
Allan Lamb (England) 23, 110 West Indies Lord’s 1984
Ravi Shastri (India) 111, 7* England Kolkata 1984-85
Adrian Griffith (West Indies) 114, 18 New Zealand Hamilton 1999-00
Andrew Flintoff (England) 70, 51 India Mohali 2005-06
Alviro Peterson (South Africa) 156, 39 New Zealand Wellington 2011-12
Cheteshwar Pujara (India) 52, 22 Sri Lanka Kolkata 2017-18
Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 3rd Indian to bat on all five days in a Test
Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 3rd Indian to bat on all five days in a Test

In 2015, Pujara also became an entrant to the ‘carrying-the-bat’ club. He finds himself in this rare list. It is interesting to note that India, England and New Zealand are the only three nations he attained these feats. More weird is the Kolkata connection.

India features in the list four times, out of which, on three instances the venue has been Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Over three decades back, it was Pujara’s national coach, Ravi Shastri who achieved the same feat against the touring Englishmen at the same venue.