Home > News >

Cheteshwar Pujara slams maiden double century

image_20121116144103

Cheteshwar Pujara utilised every shot in the manual on his way to his first double century in Tests © AFP

Ahmedabad: Nov 16, 2012

 

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a masterclass first double century and second hundred-plus total in only his ninth Test innings today  in the first Test at Ahmedabad against England. Pujara punished England’s hapless attack, including off-spinner Graeme Swann who was involved in all six wickets India lost till Tea, after the visitors started the second session brightly picking up the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. His knock included 21 hits to the fence at a strike-rate of over 50.

 

Pujara’s innings was a treat to watch for the old-school Test purists as he utilised every shot in the book. The 24-year-old Saurashtra lad used the depth of the crease to perfection as he punched deliveries off the backfoot through the covers and whipped the other down mid-wicket. He was rock-solid as ever with the spinners, sweeping and driving them down the ground, and thoroughly living up to his billing of the “New Wall”, as the original watched from the commentary box.

 

Resuming his innings on 98 this morning, Pujara was watchful at first as England tried to crank up the pressure on him by bowling Swann with three close-in fielders. The pressure and chatter was on right from the word go. After playing out one Swann over for a maiden, Pujara drove him wide of mid-on on the first ball of his next to reach a well-deserved century. 

 

Pujara had, before the Tests began, already given the Englishmen a sneak-peak of what’s to come after scoring 87 for Mumbai A in the tour game. After years of prolific run-scoring at the domestic level, including a career best of 302 not out, Pujara got an opportunity to showcase his talent internationally against Australia at Bangalore in 2010. Replacing Rahul Dravid at one-down in the Test squad, Pujara scored a brilliant 72 in a fourth-innings run-chase. He then scored a composed century against New Zealand in Hyderabad this August, and with this innings, looks set to carry forward the legacy of the great Dravid.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Deodhar Trophy, 2014-15

Nov 29, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at TBC

More

Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2014

Nov 28, 2014  at Dubai

United Arab Emirates won by 5 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 21 runs

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

Phil Hughes passes away: Video tribute

Sean Abbott will find the road ahead a living nightmare

Phillip Hughes’ death: What happens to India vs Australia Test series?

Phillip Hughes 63 not out, forever

Phil Hughes: Remembering his most memorable knocks

Phillip Hughes passes away: Crying for Phillip Hughes

Australia England India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 Phil Hughes Phil Hughes Death Phil Hughes head injury Phillip Hughes Sri Lanka

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 1st Test set to be rescheduled as David Warner, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin not ready

UAE beat Afghanistan by 5-wickets in first ODI at Dubai

Bangladesh edge out Zimbabwe by 21 runs in 4th ODI at Dhaka

Phillip Hughes was destined for greatness: Steve Waugh

Afghanistan set 249-run target against UAE in 1st ODI at Dubai

Brendon McCullum smashes fastest Test century for New Zealand

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Sharjah, Day Two: Statistical Highlights

Phillip Hughes’ death: Cricket resumes, but with a heavy heart

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 4th ODI at Dhaka: Highlights

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mahmudullah record second-highest fifth wicket partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Fawad Khan Birthday Special: 7 reasons that make him the ONE you have been waiting for secretly!

‘एक्शन-जैक्सन’ मूवी के लिए अजय देवगण ने कैसे वज़न घटाया

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

वज़न घटाने का नुस्ख़ा #43: वज्रासन से वज़न घटायें

Priyanka Kothari Birthday Special: Sexy looks of the hot actress (In Pics)

Bigg Boss 8 highlights: Ali Quli Mirza left alone, Gautam Gulati gets special present from Diandra Soares

Bigg Boss 8: OMG! Gautam Gulati draggd to the bathroom by Diandra Soares

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here