Resilient top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to become the third Indian batsman to play on all five days of a Test match on November 19.
Interestingly, the 29-year-old right-handed batsman Pujara will walk onto the park on day five of the first Test at iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata after the overnight score of two off nine balls. For India, head coach Ravi Shastri in 1984 became the second India to bat all five days for India at the same stadium. The former cricketer Shastri smashed 111 in the first innings before remaining not out on seven against England.
Overall, the 29-year-old Saurashtra-born batsman would also become ninth batsman to bat on all five days of the Test cricket. Last time the batsman batted in all five days was South African Alviro Petersen in 2012 when the Proteas faced New Zealand in Wellington.
The right-handed batsman back then smashed 156 in the first innings, before registering 39 in his second innings. The first-ever batsman in Test cricket was Motganhalli Jaisimha, who batted all-five days against Australia in Kolkata in 1960 which was overall the 487th Test match.
Interestingly, the spectators on the final day’s play against Islanders will witness Pujara, as officially the third Indian player to achieve this rare feat at the same venue. The list includes cricketer turned commentator Geoffrey Boycott, Allan Lamb and Andrew Flintoff from England. The former all-rounder Flintoff scored 70 in the first innings and 51 in the second innings, respectively against India in Mohali on March 9, 2006.
Kim Hughes registered the record for Australia against England at the iconic Lord’s in August 1980 under the leadership of Greg Chappell before being adjudged as the Player of the match in the then drawn fixture. Windies Adrian Griffith is also listed as a batsman, who has batted each day in a five-day format. Also, the former West Indian left-hander Adrian Griffith smashed 114 in the first Test innings before being dismissed on 18 in Hamilton against New Zealand in December 1999.
In the first innings, after rain-marred the first two days of the series opener, Pujara was the top-scorer for hosts with 52 off 117 deliveries. He smashed ten boundaries before being castled by Lahiru Gamage.
At the stumps of day four, India was 171 for one in 39.3 overs, as promising KL Rahul was batting on 73 off 113 balls.
The right-handed batsman Rahul went on to register his ninth fifty in last 11 Tests innings since Pune Test fixture against Australia in February earlier this year.
Here’s the list of all nine players and the latest in the list has been added in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara: