Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Gautam Gambhir’s record for most Test runs in a season by an Indian
by Arya Author
Published - Mar 26, 2017 3:38 pm | Updated - Mar 26, 2017 3:38 pm
A mainstay of the Indian middle order in the longest format of the game, Cheteshwar Pujara broke yet another record during the 2nd day of the 4th and the final Test against Australia in Dharamsala. The Marathon Man went past Gautam Gambhir for most runs in a season by an Indian during the opening session of the Dharamsala Test. Gambhir scored 1269 runs in the 2008/09 season while former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting remains at the top of the ladder with 1483 runs in the 2005/06 season.
Pujara needed just 4 runs to achieve the feat at Dharamsala and he did that with utmost comfort. He smashed a boundary of Nathan Lyon through the cover region which brought up the landmark.
He went on to score yet another half-century but soon after fell prey to the brilliance of Nathan Lyon. The ball turned just enough to take the outside half of the bat and it struck the pads and lobbed up in the air. Peter Handscomb completed a great catch diving towards his right.
The Saurashtra lad has been in scintillating run-scoring form and has scored heaps of runs against each and every opposition. His marathon double century in the 3rd Test at Ranchi ensured India set up a mammoth 600 in their 1st innings after conceding 450 to Australia. He was hardly troubled by any of the Australian bowlers and went on to face the most deliveries in a Test match by an Indian batsman.
The consistent run machine scored 373 runs against the Black Caps in the 3 match Test series last year which included a century and three half-centuries. He followed in up with 401 runs against England in the 5 match Test series which included two centuries and a solitary fifty. India went on to blank the Englishmen 4-0. Puji smashed two half-centuries in the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.