There are three formats in Cricket. Test games are one of them. It is usually played for 4-5 days. 1877 was the year in which this format was added in Cricket, from 15th to 19th March the first game was played. This battle was being played by England against Australia.
Furthermore, in October 2012, ICC agreed on to team’s playing day/night games. Following the approval, the first day/night game was played in Oval, Adelaide from 27th Nov to 1st December. This game was played by Australia against New Zealand.
There are very few batsmen who have sustained for five straight days. There are three Indian names on that list.
- ML Jaisimha:
ML Jaisimha was born in Andhra Pradesh. He entered in the International cricket in 1959.
His very first game while playing for India was against England. He was the first-ever batsmen to have batted for five days. In the match against Australia in 1959-60, at a venue of Calcutta, he came to bat near to the day ending.
He managed to score 20 runs at the end of the second day without losing his wicket. He began his batting before the stumps on the following day. He fought and managed to make 59 runs on the fourth day.
On the following day, he scored a total of 74 runs before losing his wicket making himself the first batsman to bat for five days.
- Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri entered the list of batting for five days in the test game in 1984. In a game against England, he scored 111 in 357 balls and 7 not out. The match was being played at Kolkata. Along with Azharuddin he further helped the team to raise 214 runs.
- Cheteshwar Pujara
Pujara became the third Indian cricketer to have played for five days while batting. In a game against Sri Lanka which was held at Kolkata. Cheteshwar came to bat following the wicket of Rahul on the initial ball.
In the bad weather conditions, Pujara managed to score 52 runs in 117 balls in straight three days. Then the following day, just when Gabbar got dismissed at an excellent score of 94, it was Pujara’s turn to come down and bat for his team.
He scored an incredible score of 73 without losing his wicket. Following this match, he became the third Indian batsman to have batted for five days.
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