525 balls. 668 minutes. 202 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara played an innings for the ages in Ranchi. In the company of Wriddhiman Saha, Pujara blunted Australia's bowling attack as the duo went two full sessions without their partnership being broken. In the course of his marathon innings, Pujara became the first Indian cricket to face 500 balls in a single Test innings, going past a record held by Rahul Dravid when he faced 495 balls against Pakistan in 2004.
The innings was a study in concentration, discipline and patience and rightly so, Pujara was lauded on Twitter. (Of course, there was no dearth of humour, as is always the case).
525 balls.Dayum.One man almost batted an entire ODI match.Madness by Cheteshwar Pujara.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 19, 2017
I really thought he was going to register the pitch as his permanent address. Well played Pujara. A cold shower and put your feet up 🙏👏👏— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) March 19, 2017
Playing 505 Balls and 650 Minutes against top quality bowling attack sums the innings played by Cheteshwar Pujara...One Word: UNBELIEVABLE— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 19, 2017
Cheteshwar Pujara's biopic would be directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) March 19, 2017
Pujara's innings proves that form is temporary class is permanent and time is relative. #Legend— Vipul Goyal (@HumorouslyVipul) March 19, 2017
Kya Pujaara ka innings Tea ke baad continue hoyega?Hoyenga Hoyenga, Continue Hoyenga, Unlimited Hoyenga, Pujara Prime form mein— Sagar (@sagarcasm) March 19, 2017
Just to highlight it's length, when Pujara started his innings, Yogi Adityanath was an ordinary MP. #IndvAus— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) March 19, 2017
Another 200 reasons to like Pujara. #INDvAUS— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 19, 2017
Pujara has batted through the election and swearing in ceremony of the new UP CM #INDvAUS— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 19, 2017
Pic 1: Audience when Pujara comes to batPic 2: Audience when Pujara scores 200 pic.twitter.com/YrJ8sKiwvh— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) March 19, 2017
Cheteshwar Pujara *on first date* : I love youGirl : whoa I think you should take it slow..and see what has happened now.— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) March 19, 2017
I think Cheteshwar Pujara is planning to bat till Modi gets re-elected as PM.What say, @abdullah_omar.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) March 19, 2017
This, however, did not come true.
It's year 2029,Kohli and Anushka are married.Rahane have two kids.Ishant is playing IPLAnd Cheteshwar Pujara is still Batting.#IndvAus— JagdisH Asodariya (@jagdisHpatelJP) March 19, 2017
Even Wenger might be out before Pujara. #IndvAus— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) March 19, 2017
What a knock, Che Pu!