Cheteshwar Pujara third Indian to bat on all five days of a Test

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NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara on Monday entered an exclusive club when he came in to bat during the Day 5 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka underway at Eden Gardens.

Pujara has become the third ever Indian batsman and ninth overall to bat on all five days of a Test. Pujara came in to bat after the KL Rahul was dismissed off the first delivery of the match on Day 1 and under testing conditions, with rain and bad light playing spoilsport, top-scored for India with 52 off 117 – a knock stretched across three days.

Then when Shikhar Dhawan departed after a breezy 94 off 116, he walked in to bat late in on Day 4 before returning unbeaten on two. Then, on Monday morning, he resumed the India innings with a set Rahul who had also left behind the disappointment of a first-ball duck with a classy 73.

Before Pujara, two Indians – ML Jaisimha and current India coach Ravi Shastri – have had the rare distinction to have batted on all five days. While Jaisimha did it against Australia in 1960, scoring 20 and 74, Shastri entered the club in 1984 against England scoring 111 and 7.
Source:- Times Of India

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