Cheteshwar Pujara: Star India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara continued his stellar form with a double century in his first match as captain of Sussex to put his side in a strong position in the county cricket match against Middlesex here on Wednesday. Pujara had completed his century yesterday. He started playing ahead of 115 in the morning and faced 403 balls in his innings, scoring 231 runs which included 21 fours and three sixes. This is his third double century for Sussex this season.
Pujara’s bat is constantly on fire in England
Cheteshwar Pujara also completed 18,000 runs in first-class cricket during his innings. Pujara was the last batsman to be dismissed for Sussex. His scintillating innings helped the Sussexes post a mammoth score of 523 in their first innings on the second day of the Division Two County Championship match at Lord’s.
History created by scoring ‘double century’
Cheteshwar Pujara has become the first player in the Indian team to score a double century at Lord’s. Pujara, who returned to the Indian Test team after performing well for Sussex, had earlier scored 203 against Durham and 201 against Derbyshire. Pujara has scored 997 runs in 10 innings for Sussex at an average of 124.62. Not only this, he has become the first batsman for Sussex to score three double centuries in a season in the last 118 years.
Pujara was given the captaincy of Sussex
Due to the injury of Tom Haynes, Pujara was given the captaincy of Sussex. This is Pujara’s fifth century in seven county matches this season, a key member of the Indian Test team. Pujara shared a 219-run partnership with Tom Aslop (135) for the third wicket after Sussex’s two wickets for 99 runs. Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav, playing for Middlesex, gave 70 runs in 29 overs so far and he did not get any wicket.
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