1000 balls for Cheteshwar Pujara in 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be India's sponge that absorbs pressure. (AFP Image)

For the second time in his Test career, has Cheteshwar Pujara faced over 1000 deliveries in a Test series, highlighting his penchant for absorbing pressure and playing long innings. Pujara, who walked out at the fall of opener KL Rahul’s dismissal after India opted to bat the Sydney Cricket Ground in the fourth Test, remains unbeaten on 61 off 138 deliveries at tea on Day 1, which takes his tally to 1023 deliveries.

Pujara began the series with a century, his 123 coming off 246 balls, followed by 71 off 204 in the second innings. In the second Test at Perth, Pujara scored just 24 and 4 but the number of balls he faced was 114. In the third Test at Melbourne, Pujara faced 321 deliveries to score 106 in India’s 137-run win.

The last time Pujara did it was also during the 2017 Border-Gavaskar Trophy played in India, where he finished the series with 368 runs off 1049 deliveries. He has once also faced 937 deliveries – during the home series against England in 2012. The most instances for an India batsman facing 1000 balls in a Test series is eight, and the man to do so is Sunil Gavaskar. Rahul Dravid did it five times, followed by India captain Virat Kohli, who has thrice faced over a 1000 balls.