SA v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Pujara passes 2000 runs in a year

Stats highlights of the third day's play between South Africa and India at the Wanderers

Shiva Jayaraman

December 20, 2013

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Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the ground to cut, South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, December 20, 2013
Cheteshwar Pujara completed 2000 runs in first-class cricket this year during his unbeaten 135 © Getty Images
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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

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Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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.

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