SA v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day December 20, 2013

Pujara passes 2000 runs in a year

Stats highlights of the third day's play between South Africa and India at the Wanderers
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  • Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 135 was his sixth Test century and his first away from home. He also completed 2000 first-class runs in 2013 during the innings. He's scored 2043 runs at 102.15 in first-class matches this year. Only Chris Rogers, with 2391 runs at 48.79 from 28 matches, has more in 2013.

  • Virat Kohli followed his century in the first innings with an unbeaten 77, becoming only the second Indian batsman after Rahul Dravid to get a hundred and a fifty in a Test in South Africa. Only four India batsmen have managed to hit two fifty-plus scores in a Test in South Africa, and three of them did it at the Wanderers.

  • For Kohli, though, this is the second time he has hit a hundred and a fifty in a Test. He had done it against New Zealand in Bangalore in 2012. His present aggregate of 196 in this match is his highest in 21 Tests.

  • Shikhar Dhawan's wicket was Vernon Philander's 100th in Tests. Philander is now the fastest South African bowler and the joint sixth-fastest of all time to the landmark, having reached it in 19 matches. Before Philander, Dale Steyn was the fastest South African bowler to take 100 wickets.

  • Philander is joint fourth in the list of fast bowlers quickest to 100 Test wickets. George Lohmann (16 matches), Charlie Turner (17) and Sydney Barnes (17) reached the landmark in fewer Tests. Andy Roberts (19) and Ian Botham (19) took as many matches as Philander but only Lohmann had a lower strike rate than Philander's.

    Strike rate comparison of fast bowlers quickest to 100 wickets in Tests
    Bowler Mat Wkts Ave SR*
    George Lohmann 16 101 10.55 33.9
    Vernon Philander 19 100 17.77 38.7
    Ian Botham 19 100 18.97 44.7
    Andy Roberts 19 102 21.42 47.1
    Charlie Turner 17 101 16.53 51.2
    Sydney Barnes 17 101 21.44 53.2

    * Strike rate at the end of the match except for Philander's

  • India's 284 in the second innings is the second time they have scored 250 or more in both innings of a Test in South Africa. The last occasion was also at the Wanderers, in 1997. This is also only the ninth time they have scored 250 or more outside the subcontinent in the second innings before the fall of the third wicket. The last instance was in Napier in 2009. Including this Test, there have been only three other instances since 2000.

  • The 191-run unbroken partnership between Virat Kohli and Pujara is already India's third highest in South Africa, and their highest in the second innings of a Test in South Africa. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar added 222 runs for the sixth wicket in Cape Town in 1997, which is the highest partnership for India in South Africa for any wicket.

  • South Africa's bowlers have largely dominated the opposition in home Tests in the last couple of years. So much so that their collective economy rate of 3.51 in India's second innings was their worst at home since 2012.

  • Philander's 59 in South Africa's first innings was his third fifty in Tests and the second-highest score by a South Africa No.8 against India in Tests. Mark Boucher's unbeaten 68 in Port Elizabeth in 2001 is the highest score by a No.8 South African batsman against India.

  • Pujara paced his innings well today. He started cautiously, scoring 6 off the first 50 balls he faced. Once he got used to the conditions and the bowlers, he started scoring at a faster pace - 25 off the next 50 deliveries. He began to accelerate when South Africa turned to spin bowlers, scoring 95 from the next 100, before slowing down again by making just nine off the last 21.

    Pujara's innings in blocks of 50 deliveries
    Deliveries Runs Balls SR
    1-50 6 50 12.00
    51-100 25 50 50.00
    101-150 43 50 86.00
    151-200 52 50 104.00
    201-221 9 21 42.85

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • on December 25, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @vimalan, dravid is a legend in world cricket and there are hardly any players in the world who are better than him and pujara is not one of them.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    don't compare Pujara with Dravid...Pujara is certainly a better allround run scorer who can shift gears whereas Dravid plays mostly one dimensional in test cricket at least

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Azhar and Sachins partnership of 222 for the 6th wicket came at Cape Town and not Centurion

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Ian Bishop speaks about leg-miles for bowlers in ODIs or domestic matches (instead of just nets) which is imp for long Test spells (Johnson's ODI games against accomplished Indian bats & hustling them DEFINTELY helped him for Ashes & in fact Indian cricket connoisseurs were URGING OZ fans/selectors that MJ was a must for ASHES cos they had seen THAT pace first-hand in IPL/ODI series) . Similarly, Pujara being so meticulous & committed about his Test match preparations realized "crease-occupying" time for a batsman was IMP& thus seriously played all domestic games prior to SA tour, scored BIG runs (as usual) which gives him same mindset for Tests. In previous eras, Laxman & Mohinder Amarnath used their exile periods to occupy time & score daddy 100s/200s in domestic cricket to transpose that same gameplan & approach to Tests during their comebacks.

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    if ashwin cant be world class bowler just because he play most his matches in asia, than vernon also cant be called world class because he also play most his matches in soth africa, newzelend, england.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    The truth is Philander played all of his matches at SA, Eng, Australia etc. Of course there pitches will support fast bowlers. Let him play in subcontinent wicket. He will take 100 inngs to reach 200 wickets. It will be just like Ashwin playing outside sub-continent.

  • tashan329 on December 21, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Anybody want to call Pujara & Kohli a Flat Track Bully.......i really want a reason to laugh loudly

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @Nampally: You & I have been echoing that Pujara's return to Test duties after injury was halted by "other" interests with him being forced to play 'A' tours losing out on OZ'11 tour & WI India tour. He actually deserves to be above even "A" category in contracts but pathetic, short-sighted panel pushed him to B grade. The BEST Test player in India with supreme Test record deserves excellence contract terms & rewards than so-called all-format experts in 'A' category.Puj has actually not defied expectations in SA but LIVED UP to expectations of long-time Test cric connoisseurs of India. Fletcher had told him that his father had made him "Test-ready" & that he needed no finetuning with his game- so focused & disciplined has this young man been. Puj will keep Gavaskar/Tendulkar/Dravid legacy of supreme Indian Test batsmanship alive. Another stat highlight is scoring 100 in every series since comeback against different teams.

  • Pathiyal on December 21, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    the way pujara does right now, he is there to stay. hope he continues his good job!!!

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Pujara is not Dravid but Gavaskar 2.0 with same temperament, run-scoring hunger & batting gameplan.RD used to get bogged down even in India during defensive spells whereas Puj always looks for scoring opportunities & possesses the best ball-selection skills for strokemaking. He was actually not bogged down in early stages of both innings, but was just sussing tough conditions & extremely disciplined bowling. Pity is that India barely plays an average of 9 Tests per calendar year unlike England which plays 12-14 a year (accounting for rapid 100 Tests careers for Cook,Strauss,Pietersen,Thorpe). Puj might just end up with 120-130 Tests by 36-37 by which time Indian cricket makes noises about "oldie' players. Puj is the most AMBITIOUS emerging Test player in world cricket & will end up as best Test batsman of this era. Some vested interests are against him making an OD I career to be labeled best overall bat.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    @vimalan, dravid is a legend in world cricket and there are hardly any players in the world who are better than him and pujara is not one of them.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    don't compare Pujara with Dravid...Pujara is certainly a better allround run scorer who can shift gears whereas Dravid plays mostly one dimensional in test cricket at least

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Azhar and Sachins partnership of 222 for the 6th wicket came at Cape Town and not Centurion

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Ian Bishop speaks about leg-miles for bowlers in ODIs or domestic matches (instead of just nets) which is imp for long Test spells (Johnson's ODI games against accomplished Indian bats & hustling them DEFINTELY helped him for Ashes & in fact Indian cricket connoisseurs were URGING OZ fans/selectors that MJ was a must for ASHES cos they had seen THAT pace first-hand in IPL/ODI series) . Similarly, Pujara being so meticulous & committed about his Test match preparations realized "crease-occupying" time for a batsman was IMP& thus seriously played all domestic games prior to SA tour, scored BIG runs (as usual) which gives him same mindset for Tests. In previous eras, Laxman & Mohinder Amarnath used their exile periods to occupy time & score daddy 100s/200s in domestic cricket to transpose that same gameplan & approach to Tests during their comebacks.

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    if ashwin cant be world class bowler just because he play most his matches in asia, than vernon also cant be called world class because he also play most his matches in soth africa, newzelend, england.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    The truth is Philander played all of his matches at SA, Eng, Australia etc. Of course there pitches will support fast bowlers. Let him play in subcontinent wicket. He will take 100 inngs to reach 200 wickets. It will be just like Ashwin playing outside sub-continent.

  • tashan329 on December 21, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Anybody want to call Pujara & Kohli a Flat Track Bully.......i really want a reason to laugh loudly

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @Nampally: You & I have been echoing that Pujara's return to Test duties after injury was halted by "other" interests with him being forced to play 'A' tours losing out on OZ'11 tour & WI India tour. He actually deserves to be above even "A" category in contracts but pathetic, short-sighted panel pushed him to B grade. The BEST Test player in India with supreme Test record deserves excellence contract terms & rewards than so-called all-format experts in 'A' category.Puj has actually not defied expectations in SA but LIVED UP to expectations of long-time Test cric connoisseurs of India. Fletcher had told him that his father had made him "Test-ready" & that he needed no finetuning with his game- so focused & disciplined has this young man been. Puj will keep Gavaskar/Tendulkar/Dravid legacy of supreme Indian Test batsmanship alive. Another stat highlight is scoring 100 in every series since comeback against different teams.

  • Pathiyal on December 21, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    the way pujara does right now, he is there to stay. hope he continues his good job!!!

  • Emancipator007 on December 21, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Pujara is not Dravid but Gavaskar 2.0 with same temperament, run-scoring hunger & batting gameplan.RD used to get bogged down even in India during defensive spells whereas Puj always looks for scoring opportunities & possesses the best ball-selection skills for strokemaking. He was actually not bogged down in early stages of both innings, but was just sussing tough conditions & extremely disciplined bowling. Pity is that India barely plays an average of 9 Tests per calendar year unlike England which plays 12-14 a year (accounting for rapid 100 Tests careers for Cook,Strauss,Pietersen,Thorpe). Puj might just end up with 120-130 Tests by 36-37 by which time Indian cricket makes noises about "oldie' players. Puj is the most AMBITIOUS emerging Test player in world cricket & will end up as best Test batsman of this era. Some vested interests are against him making an OD I career to be labeled best overall bat.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    That is where Indian team management missed out, when were in pursuit for right combination for ODI's in SA. Definitely Pujara for Yuvi. Might have saved the embarrassments. Look at his scoring abilities after first 60 balls.

  • Nero28 on December 21, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    He is not dravid, but he is C.A. Pujara.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Great batting skill of Pujara! In my opinion he is far better than any batsmen of his generation. He is patient and he builds the innings like Gavaskar. Long live his cricket. He will prove one day that he is somebody from the test cricket.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Pujara's innings shows the way to build an innings in alien conditions...

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    A truly QUALITY player. He's on his way to do some great things for India. Hey may not be Rahul Dravid, but he's sure as hell knows how to play test cricket. Well done young man !

  • on December 21, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Fantastic Batting By C Pujara

  • InsideHedge on December 21, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I don't think you can really call Sydney Barnes a fast bowler. He's one of those bowlers who's difficult to categorise but "fast bowler" is probably an extreme description. I'm not convinced he bowled his deliveries any faster than, say, Derek Underwood. The two had some similarities, Barnes came off very few paces.

  • AvidCricFan on December 21, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Kohli and Pujara are likely to be future middle order backbone of the Indian team in the mold of SRT and Dravid. The rest of the batting should be built around these two. Dhawan need to get his head straight and put some work in his batting to handle pace and bounce well if he wants to persist in the overseas tours. The Indian bowling performance was a surprise too. SA has very experienced batting line up with many batsmen having over 50 career batting average. Restricting them to 250 score is great achievement.

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Pujara- Kholi reminds of Dravid and Sachin.

  • aus-j on December 21, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    if you see all time record list, Philander is 11th and ashwin is 5th, but if you see great bowlers like Hadlee from 25 test @ 54 place and 38 place is Warne and Kapil Dev @ 55 and Muralitharan @70 to reach 100 wickets, so that make great bowlers worst at start on there career, or back in 1970-2000, batters are much harder on new test bowlers or batters are much better batters than now days. so start fast dont make great.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    it took chris rogers 28 to score 350 more. how long did it take pujara?

  • cricket_DD on December 20, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Best stat is the last one, A manual for youngster on how to pace your innings in a test match. On top of that none of those fast paced runs were shots in the air... Another example why Pujara is an outstanding test player,,

  • Nampally on December 20, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I always rated Pujara as the #1 Indian batsman in technique, Defence, talent & patience. He has shades of Vijay Hazare in patience & Gavaskar in technique & Jaisimha in defence. He has superb temperament & determination to never give away his wicket. I will not be surprised if one day he breaks the world Test record in batting. He has a knack of building an innings with an eye to stay at one end over the full innings. His inning build up is similar to an "Athlete's wind sprint"!. A superb player who never had a "God Father" helping him. This resulted in his late arrival in Tests, unlike Tendulkar, despite having a similar record from his school boy days. His omission from ODI's defies logic! I do hope he carries his bat right thru' the Indian innings in the current Test in SA. He averages over 65 in Tests, the highest for any Indian batsman to date with 6 Test Centuries. A modest individual who has shades of Don Bradman in building up his lifetime Test averages. Bravo,well done Pujara!

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  • Nampally on December 20, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I always rated Pujara as the #1 Indian batsman in technique, Defence, talent & patience. He has shades of Vijay Hazare in patience & Gavaskar in technique & Jaisimha in defence. He has superb temperament & determination to never give away his wicket. I will not be surprised if one day he breaks the world Test record in batting. He has a knack of building an innings with an eye to stay at one end over the full innings. His inning build up is similar to an "Athlete's wind sprint"!. A superb player who never had a "God Father" helping him. This resulted in his late arrival in Tests, unlike Tendulkar, despite having a similar record from his school boy days. His omission from ODI's defies logic! I do hope he carries his bat right thru' the Indian innings in the current Test in SA. He averages over 65 in Tests, the highest for any Indian batsman to date with 6 Test Centuries. A modest individual who has shades of Don Bradman in building up his lifetime Test averages. Bravo,well done Pujara!

  • cricket_DD on December 20, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Best stat is the last one, A manual for youngster on how to pace your innings in a test match. On top of that none of those fast paced runs were shots in the air... Another example why Pujara is an outstanding test player,,

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    it took chris rogers 28 to score 350 more. how long did it take pujara?

  • aus-j on December 21, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    if you see all time record list, Philander is 11th and ashwin is 5th, but if you see great bowlers like Hadlee from 25 test @ 54 place and 38 place is Warne and Kapil Dev @ 55 and Muralitharan @70 to reach 100 wickets, so that make great bowlers worst at start on there career, or back in 1970-2000, batters are much harder on new test bowlers or batters are much better batters than now days. so start fast dont make great.

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Pujara- Kholi reminds of Dravid and Sachin.

  • AvidCricFan on December 21, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    Kohli and Pujara are likely to be future middle order backbone of the Indian team in the mold of SRT and Dravid. The rest of the batting should be built around these two. Dhawan need to get his head straight and put some work in his batting to handle pace and bounce well if he wants to persist in the overseas tours. The Indian bowling performance was a surprise too. SA has very experienced batting line up with many batsmen having over 50 career batting average. Restricting them to 250 score is great achievement.

  • InsideHedge on December 21, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I don't think you can really call Sydney Barnes a fast bowler. He's one of those bowlers who's difficult to categorise but "fast bowler" is probably an extreme description. I'm not convinced he bowled his deliveries any faster than, say, Derek Underwood. The two had some similarities, Barnes came off very few paces.

  • on December 21, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Fantastic Batting By C Pujara

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 21, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    A truly QUALITY player. He's on his way to do some great things for India. Hey may not be Rahul Dravid, but he's sure as hell knows how to play test cricket. Well done young man !

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Pujara's innings shows the way to build an innings in alien conditions...