Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing in the English county side, Derbyshire © Getty Images
Cheteshwar Pujara is currently playing in the English county side, Derbyshire © Getty Images

Sep 14, 2014

Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indian batsman who is currently playing for Derbyshire in English county cricket, will play his 100th First-Class match this week against Surrey. Pujara played  99 First Class matches already, in which he score 8085 runs at an average of 58.15. He also played 24 Test for India and scored 1872 runs at an average of 49.26. After the recent failure in England, Pujara decided to play county cricket.

Pujara played most of his First Class matches for Indian domestic team Saurashtra. Son and pupil of former Ranji player Arvind, Pujara grew up piling on big scores even as a boy, a triple-century in Under-14 cricket, and a double against England in Under-19. Yet for years and years Pujara’s first-class runs were scoffed at, he played for cricketing backwaters Saurashtra, and Rajkot, his hometown, is known for one of the flattest tracks in India.

Pujara worked harder than most to be taken seriously, and his chance in Tests came in his sixth year in first-class cricket, behind contemporaries who had made a name through limited-overs cricket. Pujara grabbed the chance when it arrived, after getting out to a shooter in his first Test innings, he came in ahead of Rahul Dravid at No. three and waltzed his way to an excellent 72 in a tricky chase against Australia in Bangalore in October 2010.