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Cheteshwar Pujara

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Cheteshwar Pujara
Personal information

Full name

Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara

Born

25 January 1988 (age 25) Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Batting style

Right-handed

Bowling style

Right arm leg break

Role

Batsman

International information National side Test debut (cap 280) Last Test ODI debut (cap 198) Last ODI ODI shirt no.

India 9 October 2010 v Australia 14 November 2013 v West Indies 1 August 2013 v Zimbabwe 3 August 2013 v Zimbabwe 16

Domestic team information Years 2005present 20082010 2011present Saurashtra Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Career statistics
Competition Matches Runs scored Batting average 100s/50s Top score Balls bowled Wickets Bowling average 5 wickets in innings 10 wickets in match Best bowling Catches/stumpings

Team

Test 15 1,310 65.50 5/3 206* 2

ODI 84

FC 68

LA

13 6.50 0/0 13 -

6,984 61.80 22/25 352 153 5 16.60 0

2,947 54.57 9/18 158*

10/

n/a 0/-

0 2/4 48/

n/a 28/

Source: CricketArchive, 12 October 2013

Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara (born 25 January 1988, in Gujarat) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who plays for Saurashtra in domestic cricket and for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indian Premier League (IPL). Pujara made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in December 2005 and made his Test debut at Bangalore in October 2010.[1] He was a part of the India A team which toured England in the 2010 summers, and was the highest scorer of the tour. In October 2011, the BCCI awarded him a C-grade national contract. Known to have a sound technique and the temperament required to play long innings, he is one of the contenders for a spot in the Indian middle order after the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.[2] His Test comeback came against New Zealand in August 2012, scoring a century. He made his first double hundred against England at Ahmedabad in November 2012[3] and followed up with another double hundred against Australia in March 2013, both the times steering India to victory and becoming man of the match.[4] In the 2012 NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, he was the highest scorer with two centuries and one half century.He became one of the fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in Test cricket in just 11 matches and his 18th Test Innings. He won the Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2013.[5]

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1 Youth & domestic career 2 Test career 3 IPL career 4 ODI call up 5 Personal life 6 International centuries 7 References 8 External links

Youth & domestic career[edit]


Pujara made his Under-19 Test debut for India against England in 2005. Opening the innings, he scored 211 runs to help India win by an innings and 137 runs. He was also picked in the Indian squad for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup after scoring three fifties in four innings of the Afro-Asia Under-19 Cup. He was the leading run-scorer of the Under-19 World Cup where he scored 349 runs from 6 innings, including three fifties and a century, at an average of 117. He scored 97 runs against the West Indies in the quarterfinals before scoring 129 runs not out against England in the semifinals, helping India win by a huge margin of 234 runs. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the final, against Pakistan, which India eventually lost. He scored 10 & 203* (from just 221 balls) against Madhya Pradesh at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Rajkot to ensure a 203-run victory which made them qualify to the 2012-

13 Ranji Trophy quarter finals. In his next match, the quarter final at Saurashtra University in Rajkot against Karnataka, he scored 37 & 352 (dismissed by off spinner K.Gowtham in both innings) to ensure that Saurashtra qualify to the semifinal. Though he was called to the India ODI Squad after this success, yet he was not selected in the first XI. In 2013, at the age of only 25, Pujara became only the ninth batsman to score three career firstclass triple-centuries. His scores were: 302* for Saurashtra against Orissa in 2008/09, 352 for Saurashtra against Karnataka in 2012/13, and 306* for India A against West Indies A in 2013/14.[6] He also holds a record of scoring three triple centuries within a span of one month, although only the last of these was in a first-class match.[7]