Ind vs SA: Cheteshwar Pujara gets unique record to his name

Cheteshwar Pujara got two unwanted records to his name during the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.

Cheteshwar Pujara dives unsuccessfully to avoid a run out on day two of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.   -  AP

India desperately needed Cheteshwar Pujara to fire on day five in order to save the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. But the Saurashtra batsman got two unwanted records to his name.

He became the first Indian to be run-out twice in a Test match and also became the first player to be run-out twice in a Test in the 21st century. Moreover, Pujara's run-out in both the innings is also a first instance to happen in Test cricket in 18 years.

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In the first innings, Pujara was run out for 0 while trying to sneak in a quick single to get off the mark. In the second innings, batting on 19, there was a judgement error from Pujara going for a third with AB de Villiers throwing from the deep.

Chasing 287 to win the second Test, India had slumped to 35 for three at stumps on day four and needed a strong batting display to save the match. The visitor trails the three-match series 1-0 after losing the first Test by 72 runs in Cape Town.

The last batsman to be run-out in both innings of a Test match was New Zealand's Stephen Fleming in Dec 2000 against Zimbabwe in Wellington.