New Delhi. The month of June is going to be very important for Team India. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian team has to face Australia in the final of the World Test Championship from June 7. This match is to be held on the swing pitch of England. Batting is not easy here. The team has been waiting for the ICC trophy for 10 years. In such a situation, Rohit, coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI do not want to leave any gap in the preparation. Meanwhile, Indian Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara has created a ruckus with the bat in England. This must have increased the concern of the Kangaroo team. Pujara has scored 8 centuries while playing for county team Sussex since 2022. It also includes 3 double centuries. Pujara can be made the new vice-captain of the Test team. Although Rishabh Pant, Jaspreet Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are out due to injury.
Cheteshwar Pujara, captaining the English county team Sussex, played an excellent inning of 77 runs in the first innings against Leicestershire. Playing for the team, Pujara could not touch the figure of 100 runs after scoring more than 50 runs for the first time. Australian veteran batsman Steve Smith is also playing from Sussex. Although he could not leave much impact in the first innings. He could score only 3 runs. In response to Sussex’s 430 runs in the first innings, Leicestershire’s team could score only 270 runs. At the end of the third day’s play, Leicestershire had scored 16 runs without a wicket in the second innings after the follow-on. One day’s play is left in the match. Such Sussex will have an eye on victory. He still has a lead of 144 runs.
Played a big innings of 231 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 8 centuries for Sussex. It also includes the best innings of 231 runs. Apart from this, he has also scored 203 and 201 not out. His average is around 90. The team management’s eye rests on his performance, because all other Indian players are currently entering the T20 league IPL. After this, they will go directly to play the final. That is, he will not get much chance to practice with red ball.
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The first class record of 35 year old Cheteshwar Pujara is excellent. Before the match against Leicestershire, he had scored 19126 runs in 411 innings of 249 matches at an average of 52. This includes 59 centuries and 75 half-centuries. During this, he has also played a huge innings of 352 runs. This might explain his stellar performance. From Team India, he has so far scored 7154 runs in 102 Tests. Has scored 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 14, 2023, 12:11 PM