India’s dependable top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been a consistent warhorse in Test cricket. His ability to withstand at the crease for a long period of time sets him a class apart from most other batsmen in modern-day cricket. When he comes out to bat, he will be the cynosure of everyone’s eyes because there are lots of expectations from him. Having featured in 124 innings for the Indian cricket team, he has essayed as many as 5740 runs at an impeccable average of 49.48.
Moreover, he has scored 3 double centuries, 18 centuries and 24 fifties to his lofty standards of punching and counterpunching techniques. He registered his career-best score of 206 against England. This sums up the essential Cheteshwar Pujara for you! Digging a tad deep about his recent performances for India, he was last seen in cricketing action against Bangladesh in the two-match Test series.
Though the Saurashtra batsman failed to score daddy hundreds, he was pretty decent in the first match at Holkar Cricket Stadium where he chipped in with a valuable 54 runs. His knock included a flurry of nine fours. In the second Test match, which was a historic pink-ball affair, Pujara followed it up with yet another half-century as he ended up scoring 55 to his credit. His innings included as many as eight fours.
When Cheteshwar Pujara behaved like an all-rounder
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara took to his official Instagram handle to post a video of himself celebrating with his teammates passionately after taking a wicket for Saurashtra against Uttar Pradesh. An excerpt from Pujara’s account read: “The day when I changed my Batsman status to an All-rounder”
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It is tough to imagine Pujara as an all-rounder as he has established himself as one of the best batsmen in red-ball cricket. During the first-class match between Saurashtra and Uttar Pradesh at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Pujara stunned everyone by picking up a wicket. He bowled a superb delivery to dismiss Mohan Jangra for 7 runs as Prerak Mankad took a sharp catch at the slip. Soon after the dismissal, Pujara was pleased as punch as he ran up to his teammates to celebrate the fall of a wicket.
Pujara has played 196 first-class matches and has hardly bowled in his career. However, he got the opportunity to bowl 39.5 overs in this format and has taken 5 wickets to his name. He registered his best bowling match figures of 2/4.
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