Cheteshwar Pujara continues stunning run in County Championship, hits 3rd successive hundred for Sussex

India Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, playing for Sussex, hit his third straight hundred in the County Championship Div 2 match against Durham on Friday.

Cheteshwar Pujara hits third hundred in a row in County Championship (Image Sussex)

Cheteshwar Pujara hits third hundred in a row in County Championship (Photo of Sussex)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cheteshwar Pujara hit his third consecutive 100 in the County Championship
  • Pujara reached the three-digit mark with 162 balls against Durham
  • Pujara went crazy after hitting his 3rd 3-digit score this season

Cheteshwar Pujara continued his stunning run for Sussex as the India Test specialist scored a third straight hundred in the County Championship Div 2 match against Durham on Friday. Pujara reached the three-digit mark of 162 balls and hit thirteen limits in his well-placed knock for Sussex.

Pujara’s steady knock followed his 184-ball 101 against Worcestershire and a double hundred against Derbyshire. He was eventually fired for a 206-ball 109.

Pujara is only the second Indian to score a double hundred in the County Championship. Mohammad Azharuddin was the first, scoring 212 against Leicestershire in 1991 and 205 against Durham in 1994, both for Derbyshire.

Pujara will play in England after it failed to find buyers at the Indian Premier League mega-sale to be held in February 2022. Pujara did not travel to England for a county stint last year, despite India’s tour of England, as he was bought by Chennai Super Kings at the IPL 2021 Auction.

The runs will keep Pujara in contention for a place in the Indian squad as they travel to this part of the world for the fifth Test of the truncated last away series. Pujara, who has had a long spell of bad form in international cricket leading to his ouster from the Test squad, also didn’t dominated bowling as such, although he looked solid during his nearly four and a half hours at the crease.

Pujara was dropped from India’s Test side for the 2-match series against Sri Lanka at home after a regular performance during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. However, the chairman of the Indian selection committee, Chetan Sharma, said the door would be open to both Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who also faced the axe.


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