Many people think that 35-year-old Cheteshwar Pujara is one of India’s best Test batters of all time and a worthy successor at No. 3 to Rahul Dravid, who was known as the “Wall.”
Cheteshwar Pujara’s tenacity and determination have brought down some of the best bowling attacks in the world. He helped India win both of its games against Australia in the Test series.
In 81 Tests, he has gotten 6111 runs, which is an average of 47.74. There are 18 hundred and 28 fifty-plus scores in this total.
According to India latest cricket match news and due to bad form and injuries, the Saurashtra cricketer has had a very up-and-down career, but he has always been able to come back stronger than before.
- 123 against Australia in Adelaide (December 2018) –
When there are many Tests in a series, the first game is often where the tone is set. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 runs in the first match of the 2018-19 series in Adelaide could be used as a standard for the rest of the series.
India’s first innings in a match was not, unfortunately, a one-off. At 41 for 4, the tourists were in a bad spot. Rahul, Vijay, Virat, and Rahane had all left early. India was already in a bad spot when they were 86 for 5, but Rohit Sharma messed up another good start.
If Cheteshwar Pujara had been out at that time, India would have made a low score in the first innings. But, as usual, the unruly No. 3 kept the ship from sinking.
Together with Rishabh Pant (25) and Ravichandran Ashwin (25), he helped the visitors start to make a comeback. Cheteshwar Pujara batted with the tail and did a great job of farming the strike, keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon from getting the ball.
Cheteshwar Pujara did a lot better at the plate in the 2018-19 series than he had in the trip before. Before he was out, he hit seven fours and two sixes, which gave him a strike rate of 50 and led to 123 runs being scored. At that time, though, the visitors had already written 250.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 71 of the visitors’ 300 runs in their second innings, which helped them take a narrow first-innings lead. Australia was never in the running, and their stubborn batting at the bottom of the order cost them the game by 31 runs.
Since India last won a Test match in Australia, it had been ten years. Cheteshwar Pujara’s hundred in Adelaide really got things going for the tourists, though he would go on to hit two more hundreds in the series.
- 153 against South Africa in Johannesburg (December 2013) –
South Africa is one of the hardest places for Indian batters to do well, and India’s number three is no different.
When Cheteshwar Pujara went there for the first time in 2010–2011, he had a hard time. But on his tour in 2013, he wanted to make a bigger splash, which he did.
In the second innings of the Johannesburg Test, the number three batsman scored 153 from 270 balls. This was a very impressive score. Cheteshwar Pujara had an amazing innings. At one point, he hit as many as 21 fours while facing off against Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Jacques Kallis, and Imran Tahir’s bowling.
Cheteshwar Pujara looked good at bat against some of the best bowlers in the world until Jacques Kallis caught him behind.
Even though Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers each scored a century, South Africa ended their second innings with 450 for 7. They needed 458 to win, but the game ended in a tie. Virat Kohli got 119 runs and 96 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting performance in South Africa was one of the best, but it won’t be the last great one.
- 206 not out vs England in Ahmedabad (November 2012) –
In November 2012, Cheteshwar Pujara played against England in Ahmedabad, India. He made 206 runs without getting out.
Another first game of a four-game Test series, and Cheteshwar Pujara bats for a long time to set the tone.
India won the coin toss and chose to bat first. They scored 521 runs without losing a wicket, thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten double hundred.
India got off to a great start when Virender Sehwag scored 117 runs in 117 balls. India’s No. 3 batsman then wore out the English bowling attack. He was up to bat for 513 minutes, during which time he faced 389 balls and hit 21 fours.
Cheteshwar Pujara made it so that James Anderson and Stuart Broad were only able to take one wicket in 51 overs.
With Yuvraj Singh (74), he was a part of India’s big 130-run fifth-wicket partnership, which was a big part of their total. After England had to “follow on,” Pragyan Ojha took nine wickets in the Test.
Even though Alastair Cook scored 176 runs for England in their second innings, India won the Test by nine wickets.
- 204 versus Australia in Hyderabad (March 2013)
In the March 2013 Test match between India and Australia that took place in Hyderabad, India won by an innings and 135 runs thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara. Australia’s first innings score was only 237 for 9 despite Michael Clarke’s 91.
Then, India batted Australia out of the game. Cheteshwar Pujara’s smooth 204 runs off 341 deliveries helped India get to 503 runs. The third-place batter was unstoppable, as the Australian bowlers couldn’t do anything to stop him from hitting 30 fours and one six.
Pattinson, Siddle, Henriques, and Doherty were not able to stop Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay (167) from making a huge stand of 370 runs for the second wicket.
When Pattinson saw Pujara trying to hook him, he was kicked off the team. When he left, there was a big cheer. India’s next game was against Australia. They beat them by 131 runs, and Ravichandran Ashwin took 5 for 63.
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