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10 Cricketers who batted on all five days of a Test match

ML Jaisimha was the first batsman to bat all 5 days in a Test match
ML Jaisimha was the first batsman to bat all 5 days in a Test match
Meit Sampat
Modified 14 Aug 2019

Test cricket is a game of patience. A batsman has a near unlimited time to get set and play each ball on its merit. It's a battle between ball and bat that's not defined by the number of deliveries.

However, despite this -- and especially in the modern game, batsmen have struggled to stay at the crease as conditions and lapses in concentration lead to a loss of their wicket. In fact, in 142 years of Test cricket, there have been only 10 batsmen who have batted on all five days of the same Test match across two innings. This usually involves a batsman fighting off the opposition bowling while wickets fall around him.

#1 ML Jaisimha

The Indian batsman was the first in Test cricket to bat on all five days of the same Test match. He did this against a touring Australian team in 1960 at Kolkata.

Australia were 2-1 up in the five-match Test series against India, after beating the hosts at Delhi in the first Test, losing the second in Kanpur, drawing the third in Mumbai and once again beating the hosts in Chennai. The fifth Test ended in a draw and Australia clinched the series by a margin of 2-1.

He batted at No 9 in India's first innings and came in to bat at the end of day 1. He resumed his innings on day 2 and ended 20 not out.

He started his second innings at the end of the third day and batted right through the fourth day and was finally dismissed on day 5 after he scored 74. The Australian bowlers found it difficult to get Jaisimha out on the fourth day as he negotiated the bowling patiently.

He played 39 Tests for India from 1959 to 1971 and scored 2056 runs with three hundreds and 12 half centuries.

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Published 13 Aug 2019, 00:15 IST
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