Ignored For England Tests, Cheteshwar Pujara Now Part Of Elite List Led By Sunil Gavaskar

Cheteshwar Pujara played his last Test for India in June 2023 against Australia.© AFP

Indian middle-order batting veteran Cheteshwar Pujara completed 20,000 runs in first-class cricket, becoming the fourth Indian batter to reach the mark. Pujara accomplished this milestone during Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha in Nagpur. In the match, Pujara had a solid outing. In the first innings, he scored 43 in 105 balls, with four boundaries and a six. Later in the second innings, he scored 66 in 137 balls, with 10 boundaries. Saurashtra won the match by 238 runs.

Now in 260 first-class matches, Pujara has scored 20,013 runs at an average of 51.98. He has scored 61 centuries and 78 fifties in this format, his best score is 352.

Above him in the list are legends like Rahul Dravid (23,794 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (25,396 runs) and Sunil Gavaskar (25,896 runs).

In 103 Tests for India, Pujara scored 7,195 runs at an average of 43.60, with 19 centuries and 35 fifties in 176 innings. His best score is 206*.

Pujara however, played his last Test for India in June 2023 against Australia, which was the ICC World Test Championship final in the UK. Since then, he has not been included in the Test squad, including for the home five-Test series against England from January 25 onwards.

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