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Pujara gets into record books for is unique feat in Tests

By Team Pardaphash 
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It was a unique feat for e the Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara as he became the third batsmen to bat on the all five days of the Test match.

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The in-form Saurashtra man became only the third Indian cricketer, after head coach Ravi Shastri and M.L. Jaisimha to have batted on all five days of a Test match.

While Jaisimha did it against Australia in 1960, scoring 20 not out and 74, Shastri entered the club in 1984 against England scoring 111 and 7.

Jaisimha was also the first ever batsman to achieve the feat. Interestingly, all these three knocks came at the Eden Gardens.

Across the world, nine batsmen have achieved this feat. Besides the three Indians, Geoffrey Boycott (England), Kim Hughes (Australia), Allan Lamb (England), Adrian Griffith (West Indies), Andrew Flintoff (England) and Alviro Peterson (South Africa) are the other cricketers.

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On the first day, he was not out on eight (32 balls) while he scored an unbeaten 39 (70 balls) on Day 2. Pujara could manage just five (15 balls) on the third day and two (nine balls) on Day 4.

On the last day, he got out on 22 to a Suranga Lakmal delivery, adding 20 runs to his overnight score of 2. In the first essay, Pujara top-scored for the hosts with a defiant 52 off 117 balls (10×4) before Lahiru Gamage got his back.

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