Home > Features >

Cheteshwar Pujara’s triple century on Thursday was his fifth in various levels of cricket

Cheteshwar Pujara's triple century on Thursday was his fifth in various levels of cricket

In the aftermath of Rahul Dravid’s retirement, it is Cheteshwar Pujara who is hailed as his successor and India look to him for solidity © AFP

Nishad Pai Vaidya looks at some of Cheteshwar Pujara’s big scores in First-Class cricket.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second triple hundred in First-Class cricket ahead of being called up for the One-Day International against England. According to noted statistician Mohandas Menon, the triple hundred was Pujara’s fifth in various forms of cricket – one at under-14 level, two at under-22 level and two in Ranji Trophy.

On the cusp of donning the blues, he has helped himself to good rhythm and it should hold him in good stead ahead of the series against England.

At the tender age of 12, Pujara’s appetite for big scores was evident. Three days short of his 13th birthday, he smashed a triple century for Saurashtra under-14s in the National U-14 tournament. In a conversation with this writer in August 2012, Pujara recalled that knock and said, “In my debut game for Saurashtra at the Under-14 level, I scored a triple hundred and it just took off from there. From that point onwards, I have been consistent at Under-16 and the Under-19 levels. But, that triple hundred was a major development. As a young boy, it gave me tremendous belief that I could make a career in cricket and become successful.”

Pujara made his First-Class debut in 2006 and has translated that promise into results. With the double hundred against England in November, he showed that he is ready to replicate that at the highest level. In First-Class cricket, he already has six scores of over two hundred, including two triples.

Here is a list of those knocks:

Score Opposition Year
302* Orissa 2008
204* Maharashtra 2009
208* West Indies A 2010
206* England 2012
203* Madhya Pradesh 2012
352 Karnataka 2012

The latest knock of 352 is his highest score in First-Class cricket. However, what is interesting is that the last two scores in the table have come in the last two games. What’s most amazing is his strike-rate. In the game against Madhya Pradesh, his strike-rate was 91.85. During that innings he moved from 150 to 200 in only 17 balls.

In his early days at the highest level, Pujara wasn’t quite lucky as he missed out on a lot of games due to injury. It is good to see him get back to his prolific ways and he realises that he needs to capitalise on every opportunity he gets. In the aftermath of Rahul Dravid’s retirement, it is Pujara who is hailed as his successor and India look to him for solidity.  If he can combine that with his controlled aggression, the Indian team would discover a very effective one-day batsman. The selectors have visualised that potential and have awarded him with the call-up.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and an analyst, anchor and voice-over artist for the site’s YouTube Channel. He shot to fame by spotting a wrong replay during IPL4 which resulted in Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal. His insights on the game have come in for high praise from cerebral former cricketers. He has also participated on live TV talk-shows on cricket. Nishad can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nishad_44)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

Photos

CSK vs KKR, Match 1 CLT20 2014

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Live Cricket Score Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers CLT20 2014: Dolphins win toss, elect to bat

Don Bradman plays his final innings in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Pananmal Punjabi: A nonagenarian Test opener

Chris Cairns cleaning bus shelters? Why?

Asian Games 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 CSK vs KKR Hobart Hurricanes Hobart Hurricanes vs Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes Kolkata Knight Riders Northern Knights Pakistan

Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers Live Streaming CLT20 2014 Match 4 at Mohali

Champions League T20 Live Cricket Scoreboard: Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers CLT20 2014 4th Match at Mohali

Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers Live Cricket Score CLT20 2014 Match 4 at Mohali

CLT20 2014: Rain threatens Hobart Hurricanes vs Cape Cobras encounter

Sachin Tendulkar to felicitate Lata Mangeshkar on her 85th birthday

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Barbados Tridents CLT20 2014 Match 5: Barbados Tridents’ likely XI

Don Bradman plays his final innings in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers, Match 4, CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Barbados Tridents CLT20 2014 Match 5: KXIP’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

669 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) CLT20 2014

NGOs pursue education for all

Live Cricket Score Board & Ball by Ball Commentary of Dolphins (DOL) vs Perth Scorchers (PRS) Group A Match 4 of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014

Kangana Ranaut pulls off the rock chic look for a leading fashion brand – View pics!

Asian Games 2014: PV Sindhu’s match suspended due to power outage

Asian Games 2014: Indian women hope to return to winning ways against Thailand

Revealed — why we feel disappointed and let down

This toolkit will help you master soft robotics

Discovered — new gene linked to diabetes development

Khoobsurat box office collection: Sonam Kapoor’s film does a dull business, earns only Rs 3 crore on day 1!

Asian Games 2014: Sardar Singh to lead India’s hockey challenge in the opener against Sri Lanka

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here