Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his third double hundred in Test career © AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his third double hundred in Test career © AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara created history when he registered the longest Test innings for any Indian in Test cricket, in terms of balls faced, on Sunday. Pujara achieved the feat during the ending stages of the second session’s play on the fourth day of the third Test. At tea, Pujara had reached 190 not out off 505 balls, helping India register their first-ever total in excess of 500 in the ongoing Test series against Australia. Pujara went past the previous best record of Rahul Dravid for facing most deliveries in a Test innings for India, when he faced his 496th delivery in this innings. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi

Pujara is thus the first Indian to face 500 and more deliveries in a Test innings. However, he is the 41st batsman in the history of Test cricket to have consumed 500 and more balls in a Test innings. He has been in the middle since the final session on the second day, and has gone almost unchallenged by a quality bowling attack that Australia possess. However, Pujara did have some luck on his side, as a tough chance of caught-behind was spilled by Matthew Wade in the first session on the fourth day. Pujara also survived a leg-before decision against him, off Nathan Lyon, in the first session itself.

Dravid now sits below Pujara in the list of longest Test innings for India in terms of balls faced. Dravid had faced 495 balls for his monumental 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi, in April 2004. Navjot Singh Sidhu is now third in the list, for having faced 491 balls for his 201 against West Indies at Port of Spain in March 1997.

Pujara was finally dismissed for 202, which came off 525 balls.

Len Hutton holds the record of facing most deliveries in a Test innings — as many as 847 balls for his 364 runs — against Australia at The Oval in August 1938.