London. Cheteshwar Pujara is running in the best form of his career. After being dropped from the Test team, he decided to play county cricket in England. Playing for Sussex, he scored 5 centuries in 8 matches of county cricket. During this, he also played a big innings of 231 runs. Now even in the List-A tournament (Royal London One Day Cup 2022), his bat was spewing runs. He has so far scored 2 centuries and a half-century in 5 matches. That is, during this time he has scored 7 centuries in a total of 13 matches. Average is above 100. He has beaten every bowler of the opposing team fiercely during the match.
34-year-old Cheteshwar Pujara has played only 5 ODIs for Team India. He got his last chance 8 years ago in 2014. At the same time, he has not been able to play T20 International for India so far. He is called a Test specialist and has scored 6792 runs in 96 Tests. Has scored 18 centuries and 33 half-centuries. But in a match of the Royal One Day Cup, he not only played his best innings while batting, but the opposing team could not even score runs equal to his score.
century from the boundary
Sussex captain Cheteshwar Pujara scored 174 runs in 131 balls against Surrey. This is his best score in List-A cricket. The strike rate was 133. During this he hit 20 fours and 5 sixes. That is, 110 runs were scored only from the boundary. Batting first, the team made a huge score of 378 runs for 6 wickets. In reply, Surrey’s team was reduced to 162 runs in 31.4 overs. That is, she could not even reach Pujara’s score.
Best performance as an Asian cricketer
Talking about domestic ODI cricket in England, Cheteshwar Pujara has become the Asian cricketer to play the biggest innings. He broke the records of former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas. Sangakkara scored 166 while playing for Surrey in 2015 while Abbas played the best innings of 158 runs while playing for Gloucestershire in 1984. Pujara has so far scored 367 runs in 5 innings at an average of 92. Earlier in the county, he had scored 1094 runs in 8 matches at an average of 109.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 15, 2022, 06:36 IST