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.