Cheteshwar Pujara, who is out of the Indian Test team due to poor form, has created a ruckus in county cricket. In his very first match of this year, he scored a double century. On the basis of this wonderful innings of Pujara, his team Sussex was successful in getting this match drawn. During this, Pujara faced 387 balls and played an unbeaten innings of 201 runs with the help of 23 fours. During this, he was supported by captain Tom Haines, who played an innings of 243 runs.
Pujara became only the second Indian to score a double century in the County Championship, two times before former captain Mohammad Azharuddin. He scored 212 against Leicestershire in 1991 and 205 against Durham in 1994. He scored both these double centuries while playing for Derbyshire. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi also has four doubles in county cricket, but he scored this score when he was a cricketer of the English team.
Cheteshwar Pujara has scored a century in first class cricket after 52 innings. He last crossed the 100-run mark in January 2020 against Karnataka. In these two years, he scored 1518 runs at an average of 30.36 with the help of 14 fifties.
On the basis of this innings of Pujara, Sussex managed to avoid their defeat. Derbyshire declared the first innings at 505 for eight, in response to which Sussex were bundled out for 174 in the first innings and were forced to follow-on. Pujara was dismissed after scoring 6 runs in the first innings. At the end of the last day’s play, Sussex scored 513 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in the second innings and the match ended in a draw.