STATS: Pujara breaks Indian Test record

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Pujara during his marathon innings [Sportzpics]

Cheteshwar Pujara broke the record for the most deliveries faced by an Indian batsman in an innings in Test cricket during his knock against Australia at Ranchi.

Having faced 525 deliveries during his innings of 202, the Saurashtra batsman broke the previous record held by Rahul Dravid. The former India captain had faced 495 balls during his knock of 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 2004.

Pujara’s innings is also the longest in terms of deliveries faced in a Test in India, bettering the record held by Pakistan’s Younis Khan [504].

During his marathon knock, Pujara hit 21 fours as he guided India to a first innings lead over Australia in the third Test.

Apart from Pujara and Dravid, other Indian batsmen to have faced over 470 deliveries in a Test innings include Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ravi Shastri, and Sunil Gavaskar.

The all-time record for the longest innings, in terms of number of balls faced, is held by England great Sir Len Hutton who faced 847 deliveries during his epic knock of 364 against Australia at The Oval in 1938.

The number of deliveries faced by Hanif Mohammad during his 337 against the West Indies in 1958, where he batted for 970 minutes, is unknown.

Here, we look at the top five batsmen who have faced the most deliveries in an innings for India.

No. Player Opposition Score Balls Faced Venue Year
1 Cheteshwar Pujara Australia 202 525 Ranchi 2017
2 Rahul Dravid Pakistan 270 495 Rawalpindi 2004
3 Navjot Singh Sidhu West Indies 201 491 Port of Spain 1997
4 Ravi Shastri Australia 206 477 Sydney 1992
5 Sunil Gavaskar England 172 472 Bengaluru 1981

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MS Dhoni [Getty Images]

Former India captain MS Dhoni’s mobile phones went missing during a hotel fire in New Delhi recently.

The Jharkhand and Bengal teams, who were playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, were staying at WelcomHotel when a fire broke out on Friday morning.

Dhoni is said to have left his phones in his room while evacuating. When he returned to his room, his phones were missing.

Following the incident, Dhoni filed a complaint with the Delhi Police on Saturday.

Earlier Sunday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Surender Kumar tweeted that the three mobile phones have been recovered.

Jharkhand, captained by Dhoni, were beaten by Bengal in the second semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Saturday.

The former India skipper played an aggressive knock, scoring 70 from 62 deliveries, but his dismissal caused a batting collapse from which Jharkhand never recovered.

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Manoj Tiwary played a handy knock for Bengal [Getty Images]

MS Dhoni’s 62-ball 70 wasn’t enough as his team Jharkhand lost to Bengal by 41 runs in the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi on Saturday.

The former India captain slammed four sixes during his knock, but his dismissal in the 44th over of the chase triggered a batting collapse from Jharkhand who lost their last six wickets for just 38 runs.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha starred with the ball for Bengal, picking up five wickets – including the important scalp of Dhoni.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Bengal openers Shreevats Goswani and Abhimanyu Eswaran both notched up centuries as they put on a 198-run partnership for the first wicket.

Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary then scored an unbeaten 75 from just 49 deliveries to push Bengal’s total to 329/4 in their 50 overs.

Bengal will now meet Tamil Nadu in the final of the competition.

Tamil Nadu defeated Baroda by six wickets in the other semi-final encounter on Thursday.

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