Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon effort of 202 off 525 balls against Australia in the third Test at Ranchi was an astonishing display of rigorous application and patience. With this mentally draining performance, Pujara now has faced the most balls by an India batsman in a Test innings.
Here, we look at the five Indian batsmen in Test history with the most balls faced in an innings.
5. Sunil Gavaskar – 172 off 472 balls v England at Bengaluru, December 1981:
India’s most famous Test opener ever had led this chart for more than a decade. His 172 off a whopping 472 balls against England in the 2nd Test at Bangalore was a stunning display of focus and application. Gavaskar stayed at the crease for a mind-numbing 708 minutes to get to his score and never allowed the visitors to have the upper hand over him. With his resolute defense and ability to leave good balls, Gavaskar played one of the perfect Test innings.