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Record long innings by Saxena

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 16:33 [IST]
 
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Saxena enters record books

Chennai, Jan 21: Rajasthan opener Vineet Saxena's 257 against Tamil Nadu is the third longest innings in terms of minutes by any batsman in the history of first-class cricket.

Saxena has batted for an unbelievable 907 minutes (15 hours and seven minutes) and in the process is only behind former Himachal Pradesh captain Rajeev Nayyar who batted for 1015 minutes (16 hours 55 minutes) for his 271 against Jammu & Kashmir in a Ranji Trophy match at Chamba back in 1999-00.

Pakistan legend Hanif Mohammed is second in the list having batted 970 minutes scoring 337 against the West Indies at Bridgetown back in 1957-58.

Saxena has infact pipped former India coach Gary Kirsten whose 275 against England in Durban (1999-00) saw him stay 878 minutes (14 hours and 38 minutes) at the crease.

Some of the distinguished international names in the top-10 list are Len Hutton of England, Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka while Saxena's opening partner Aakash Chopra is seventh in the list.

Top 10 batsmen (According to duration)

Sl.No  Minutes
        Batsman           For  
    Against 
    Venue      Series
   1    1015  Rajeev Nayyar (271)

 Himachal Pradesh

  Jammu & Kashmir  Chamba 
 1999-2000
   2     970
 Hanif Mohammad (337*) 
 Pakistan    West Indies
 Bridgetown 
 1957-1958
   3     907
 Vineet Saxena (257)
 Rajasthan
 Tamil Nadu
 Chennai  2011-2012
   4     878
 Gary Kirsten (275)
 South Africa
 England   Durban  1999-2000
   5     838
 Stephen Cook (390)
 Lions  Warriors
 East London
 2009-2010
   6     821
 Shivakant Shukla (178*)
 Uttar Pradesh
 Tamil Nadu
 Nagpur  2008-2009
   7     812
 Aakash Chopra (301*)
 Rajasthan  Maharashtra  Nasik  2010-2011
   8     799
 Sanath Jayasurya (340)
 Sri Lanka
 India  Colombo  1997-1998
   9     797
 Len Hutton (364)
 England  Australia  The Oval
 1938-1939
  10     796
 Shitanshu Kotak (168*)
 Saurashtra  Mumbai  Mumbai  2007-2008

PTI

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