India v Australia 3rd Test, Day 4 - Statistical Highlights

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Cheteshwar Pujara’s 11-hour effort put India in a commendable position at end of the 4th day as he along with Wriddhiman Saha batted out the first two sessions ensuring no wicket fell and tired out the Australian bowlers. Pujara scored a record double ton while Saha struck his 3rd Test ton.

Ravindra Jadeja pushed India’s lead to 152 with a quick fifty and when the Aussies walked out to bat picked up 2 wickets in the 7.2 overs of play possible towards the end of the day. Here we look at all the stats and numbers recorded during the day’s play.

2.87 – India’s run rate in their innings is the lowest among the 600+ totals in Test cricket. Previous lowest was 3.13 during their total of 707 vs Sri Lanka in 2010 at Colombo (SSC).

3 – Number of centuries Wriddhiman Saha has scored in Test cricket so far, the 2nd most by any Indian wicketkeeper in Test cricket. MS Dhoni scored 6 centuries as keeper for India.

7 – Ranchi became the 7th Indian venue to witness a double century in its maiden Test. Wankhede, Jalandhar, Nehru Stadium in Chennai, LBS and RGICS in Hyderabad and Indore recorded a individual double century in their maiden Test.

11 – Number of double centuries Cheteshwar Pujara has scored in first-class cricket, joint most by any Indian in the format. Vijay Merchant also had 11 double tons in first-class cricket.

77 – Number of overs Steve O’Keefe has bowled in India’s innings, the most by any player in a Test innings since 79 overs by Ray Price vs South Africa in 2001.

199 – Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha’s 199-run stand is the highest for 7th or lower wicket in Test cricket in India vs Australia Test matches. Previous highest was 173 for 7th wicket between Andrew Symonds and Brad Hogg in 2008 at Sydney.

210 – Number of overs India batted in their innings, the 4th longest for them in Test cricket and first 200+ innings since 2010 vs Sri Lanka (225.2 overs) at Colombo (SSC).

462 – Balls bowled by Steve O’Keefe in India’s innings, the most by an Australian since Jim Higgs’ 478 balls (59.6 – 8 balls overs) vs England at Sydney in 1979.

521 – Balls taken by Pujara, the most taken by any India for their double ton. This is also the slowest double ton in Test cricket in last 15 years.

525 – Number of balls Cheteshwar Pujara has faced in India’s first innings, the most by any Indian in a Test innings. He broke Rahul Dravid’s record of 495 balls vs Pakistan in 2004.

668 – Time in minutes Cheteshwar Pujara spent at the crease during his 525-ball knock, the 5th longest innings in Test cricket for an Indian and the 5th longest by anyone in India.

1994 – Last time before this Test match, Australia bowled 200+ overs in a Test innings was 205.2 overs vs South Africa at Durban in 1994.

2007 – Runs scored by Cheteshwar Pujara has scored in first-class cricket in 2016/17 season. He became the 4th Indian to score 2000 first-class runs in a single season and first to score 2000 runs in a season in India.

2009 – Last time an Indian before Pujara in this Test batted for 600 minutes or faced 400 balls in a Test innings was Gautam Gambhir vs New Zealand at Napier in 2009. Gambhir batted for 643 minutes in that innings and faced 436 balls.

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