Mumbai, Nov 24: Call him the new Marathon Man of India. Welcome, Cheteshwar Pujara. What an effort it was from the 24-year-old! Pujara batted for 1,015 minutes (between dismissals), that is 16 hours and 55 minutes!
After undefeated knocks of 206 (513 minutes) and 41 (51 minutes) in Ahmedabad during the first Test against England, Pujara was finally dismissed for 135 (451 minutes) on the second day of second Test on Saturday. With this he took his tally to 382 runs in the series in three innings.
That ended a marathon effort from the man from Rajkot. This is the third longest time between dismissals for an Indian batsman. Pujara, in this knock of 135, had come out to bat in the first over of the match on Friday. He had faced the third ball after Gautam Gambhir's dismissal off the second.
Pujara has joined the big league of stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid with this amount of time spent at the crease. Between dismissals, Tendulkar had batted for 1,224 minutes in 2003-04 while Dravid had stayed at the crease for 1,111 in 2000-01.
These are good signs from the youngster and India will be hoping he will continue in same form and be one of the best Test players.