New Delhi. Even though most of the players of Team India are still appearing in IPL 2023. But from the players to the BCCI, the eye is also on the final of the World Test Championship. The title match is to be held in England from June 7 between India and Australia. The 16th season of the Indian Premier League is ending on 28 May. That is, only 9 days after the end of the tournament, the Indian team has to play a big match. Meanwhile, Indian Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara is playing county cricket in England and strengthening his preparations before the final, but his poor performance must have raised concerns from coach Rahul Dravid to the team management.
Cheteshwar Pujara is captaining the county team Sussex. A 4-day match is being played between Sussex and Yorkshire and 3 days matches are over. Pujara’s team is close to defeat in this match. Yorkshire has got a target of 201 runs. At the end of the third day’s play, the team has scored 138 runs for 3 wickets. He has to make only 63 more runs to win, while 7 wickets are left.
Could not touch the figure of 20 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara, 35, could not touch the figure of 20 runs in both the innings. In the first innings, he scored 18 runs off 49 balls. He was lbw. In the second innings too, Pujara was lbw by fast bowler Jordan Thompson. He was dismissed after scoring just 13 runs in 20 balls. Sussex scored 361 runs in the first innings and only 137 runs in the second innings. Whereas Yorkshire had scored 298 runs in the first innings. There is still one day’s play left in the match. In such a situation, the victory of Yorkshire is being considered confirmed.
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Cheteshwar Pujara scored 115 and 35 against Durham in the last match. Sussex also won this match by 2 wickets in an exciting way. Talking about Cheteshwar Pujara’s first class career, he has scored more than 18 thousand runs with the help of 57 centuries and 75 half-centuries. It also includes a big innings of 352 runs. Talking about Pujara’s Test record, he has scored 7154 runs in 102 matches. Has hit 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries. 206 not out is the best performance.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 23, 2023, 08:57 IST