#4 370 – Murali Vijay & Cheteshwar Pujara vs Australia at Hyderabad, 2013
India’s whitewash of Australia in the year 2013 is perhaps one of the team’s greatest series victories at home in the past decade or so. While the host nation’s spinner hogged the limelight on most occasions, the batsmen, too, had a big role to play in their grand success.
One of the batting highlights of the 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy was a huge 370-run partnership for the 2nd wicket between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in the second Test at Hyderabad. The Australians, rather bizarrely, declared their 1st innings for a score of 237 for 9 and pushed the Indians back by dismissing Virender Sehwag early.
Pujara came in to give Vijay company with the score on 17 for 1 in the 8th over. The pair started off rather cautiously but slowly started to gather momentum as they went from strength to strength and kept piling on the runs for India.
More than 100 overs and 370 runs later, the incredible partnership between two of India’s most talented batsmen ended with Murali Vijay’s dismissal for 167. Cheteshwar Pujara completed his double century soon after his partner got out but he, too, perished for 204.
The massive stand involving Pujara and Vijay is currently the best 2nd wicket partnership and also the fourth highest in terms of runs in Indian history. It helped Team India compile a huge total of 503 and inflict an innings defeat over the touring Aussies.Published 09 Oct 2016, 18:56 IST