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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Gautam Gambhir’s long standing Test record

Gautam Gambhir had a phenomenal 2008-09 season for India.

By Jatin Sharma -

Cheteshwar Pujara who made an incredible double hundred in the third Test at Ranchi against Australia recently, broke many records during his marathon knock. He broke Rahul Dravid’s record of playing the most deliveries in a Test innings and also became the first Indian to play 500 balls in a single Test innings.

However, Pujara also eclipsed an important record during his 57 in the ongoing Test at Dharamshala, which was held by former India opener Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir had scored a massive 1,269 runs in the 2008-09 Test season and Pujara broke that record and now has 1,316 runs at an average of 65.80. This is the highest runs in a season for any Indian batsman in Test cricket.

If Pujara can muster another 168 runs, he will break the Test record held by Ricky Ponting. Ponting made 1483 runs at an average of 78.05. Indian captain Virat Kohli looked like breaking this record, but his poor form against Australia paved the way for Pujara to move past him.

Pujara scored 373 runs against New Zealand and 401 runs against England with two centuries. He then made 83 against Bangladesh and now has scores of 92 and 202 against Australia in the ongoing series. He also joined the likes of VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as the third Indian to make two double centuries against Australia.

Gambhir had a phenomenal season in 2008-09 where he had scores of 104, 206, 179, 137 and 167 against Australia, England and New Zealand.

Jatin Sharma

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