With the concept of T20s , Cricket has got a new definition altogether but the charm of the original concept is still the same . Moreover , if we talk about the test matches , die-hard fans and cricket lovers rejoice the game.
Today, let’s see the five longest innings played by Indian cricket squad and making their fans go crazy :
1. Cheteshwar Pujara:
It was in the year 2017 , when the third test in Australia’s tour of India held and Australia posted a stupendous total of 451 in the first innings. Steven Smith scored 178 laced with the scorching century with Glen Maxwell.
With the start of the innings of Indian team, KL Rahul and Vijay batted very well to give the innings a kick start. Once Rahul was dismissed, Pujara walked in the middle and started that phenomenal batting . It felt as if he was never meant to get out. Anything and everything that the Australians were bowling at him, was calmly defended and the bad deliveries were consigned to the boundaries.
With significant contributions from Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja, Pujara created an incredible record of becoming the first ever Indian batsman to play 500 deliveries in a single innings.
He was finally dismissed for 202 from 525 balls when Maxwell gulped him off a Lyon delivery.The match was drawn as Australia played out the remaining test without much trouble.
2. Rahul Dravid:
Rahul Dravid is still the heart-throb of many . The way he used to bat , known to be The wall of the Indian cricket squad . He played great innings, when he hung in the middle for 495 deliveries to impose a punishing defeat on the Pakistanis. It was the 3rd Test of the series at Karachi. Pakistan batted first and could only manage 224 runs in their first innings. Balaji was the pick of the slew as he rattled 4 wickets.
Even when Sehwag dismissed for a golden duck, the Indian batsmen shortly got in the groove as they smashed the Pakistani bowlers. Rahul Dravid’s stand started with Parthiv Patel insinuated what was to come further. With significant contributions from Laxman, Ganguly and Yuvraj, Dravid exhibited sheer class at the other end.
Dravid finally fell victim to part-time spinner Imran Farhat after playing 495 deliveries for his incredible 270, smacking 34 boundaries and 1 over boundary. Pakistan couldn’t manage much in the second innings either as they were dismissed for 245.
3. Navjot Singh Sidhu:
This was way back in 1997 as India was pitted against West Indies at Port of Spain for the second test of the series. West Indies batted first and mounted 296 in the first innings.
India opened their innings with Laxman and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Laxman departed for naught while Dravid and Sidhu started with the work of overhaul. As Dravid was castled by Ambrose, Tendulkar played out a brilliant innings at one end, while Sidhu played the anchor. Once Tendulkar was run out by Walsh, Sidhu took it on himself to stitch the remainder of the innings. Playing 491 deliveries, Sidhu scored 201, hitting 19 boundaries and 1 six.
The match petered out to a draw as West Indies comfortably played out the remnant of the Test.
4. Ravi Shashtri:
The current Indian coach also featured in this list for his wondrous double-century that he played out against Australia in 1992. He opened the innings with Sidhu and played for a long time, consuming 477 deliveries for his 206. His innings featured 17 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Dilip Vengsarkar scored a crucial half-century to stitch a useful partnership with Shashtri ,while Tendulkar’s 148 helped India to come out of their shell. India posted 483 in their first innings but couldn’t emerge victorious as they failed to scalp the last two wickets of the Australian second innings.
5. Sunil Gavaskar:
It was the second test between India and England in 1981. England batted first and posted a mammoth total of 400 in the first innings. India’s response was spearheaded by Sunil Gavaskar as he opened the innings with some resolute defiance.
With imperative stands from Srikkanth, Vengsarkar and Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar managed to rack up 172 from 472 deliveries. His boundary count was 19 while he also managed to smash a massive six.
The match couldn’t have a result as England did not get ample time to bat and declared at 174/3. India did not come out to bat again after mutual consent.