Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli remained static at the fourth and fifth position respectively in the latest ICC Test Players Rankings for batsmen. The batsmen chart is being led by Steve Smith, followed by Joe Root and Kane Williamson.
Cheteshwar Pujara said, “My dedication to the game has made me what I am, and though it would have been an honour to attend the award ceremony, grabbing any opportunity to play this wonderful game has always been of utmost importance.”
After playing a lead role in India’s 3-0 Test clean sweep over Sri Lanka, prolific India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will re-join Nottinghamshire for the final four games as the club seeks a return to the eight-team elite of the county championships.
In an interview on BCCI tv the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul spoke about the atmosphere in the Indian dressing room talk and much more. KL Rahul also spoke about his sessions at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and also said he sometimes has to face banter from his seniors.
Gautam Gambhir said that Cheteshwar Pujara is right at the top when it comes to Test cricket and may be more consistent than Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawa but playing only one form of cricket and county cricket does go in his favour.
Cheteshwar Pujara tweeted, “Had a memorable #50thtest…thank you all for making it special…missed this face in the stands though. #throwback to good times #lifeline.” He notched up his 13th Test century in the second Test match against Sri Lanka.
Cheteshwar Pujara was asked about sledging during the match, to which he replied, “I did not used to sledge earlier but now I am learning to sledge as it is a crucial part of the game and you need to learn a little bit of that, but it should not be personal.”
After a comfortable win, India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan decided to celebrate the Friendship Day and he did so by posting a small video on his Twitter account which also features captain Virat Kohli and in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored centuries and shared an unbroken 211-run partnership as a dominant India ended the first day on 344/3. He became the second visiting batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to record three hundred in successive Tests in Sri Lanka.
This century is also Pujara’s third consecutive hundred in the longer format against the Lankans. He is now the 7th Indian batsman to score a Test hundred in his 50th Test and the 36th overall.
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to play his 50th Test match of career when he would take the field against Sri Lanka in Colombo on August 3 in the second Test match of three-match series.
The Indian team is touring Sri Lanka for three Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20I. All-rounder Hardik Pandya made his Test debut in this match and scored an aggressive half-century in first innings in the process.
India clinched a magnificent win against Sri Lanka at Galle on Saturday in the first Test of three-match series. The Virat Kohli-led team grabbed the win by 304 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 154 during the course.
Cheteshwar Pujara becomes fourth Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Shikhar Dhawan to register an innings of 150 or more in Tests in Sri Lanka. Pujara’s 153 was his sixth score of 150 or more in Tests.
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a solid 153 in the first innings, speaks about his motivation to perform at the highest level, Hardik Pandya, India batsmen playing spin and more. Excerpts: