Cheteshwar Pujara has been one of the pillars for India’s success in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia. His centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne were historic and it ensured India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In Sydney, Pujara continued the great run as he blasted his third ton of the series, joining an elite club and although he missed a double century, Pujara had done more than enough to ensure that India would break their hoodoo and potentially secure a Test series win in Australia. However, the exploits of Rishabh Pant showed that the youngster is here to stay as the keeper of the Indian Test side. His attacking century helped India reach a score which would make it very hard for Australia to achieve a win. Both batsmen broke records during their knocks. Here is a list
1258 – Number of balls faced by Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series against Australia. This has broken a 15-year record for most balls faced by an Indian batsman in Tests Down Under. The previous record was 1203 balls by Rahul Dravid in the 2003/04 series which India drew 1-1.
2 – Number of centuries for Rishabh Pant in his Test career. Both have come overseas, making him the first Indian keeper to achieve this feat.
22 – Rishabh Pant entered an elite list when he hit two more centuries overseas as wicketkeepers. Adam Gilchrist of Australia leads the list with a staggering 10.
1 – Rishabh Pant is the only Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in Australia and England. He is also the only Asian keeper to hit a ton Down Under.
159* - Rishabh Pant’s amount of runs which is not only his highest individual score, but it is the joint-most by an Asian keeper outside the sub-continent, level with Mushfiqur Rahim who achieved this feat against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017.
204 – The partnership between Jadeja and Pant for the seventh wicket, which is the best for India in a Test against Australia, beating the mark of 199 set by Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha in the Ranchi Test in 2017. It is also the best seventh-wicket stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
622/7 – India’s second-highest Test score in Australia. Their highest is 705/7 declared, which also came at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004.
3 – Number of consecutive innings which India has declared on this tour, achieving this feat for the first time.