Newly recognized wall of Indian Test squad, Cheteshwar Pujara is celebrating his 33 birthday at home after concluding a rigorous a Test series against Australia, will soon be seen in action in the upcoming series against England.
India’s test specialist played crucial role from the batting unit being the most experienced batsmen in the squad. The right-handed batsman ended the campaign with 271 runs from four matches. It was not the first time when Pujara slaughtered Australian pace attack, the Saurashtra cricketer played similar role in 2018. India registered their historic series win in Australia and Pujara was named as a Man of the Series; He scored 521 runs there in 4 matches.
India’s hero in red-ball format will soon be back in action in the upcoming series against England. On his special day, let’s take a look back at some of his milestones and records over the years:
Fifth-highest number of deliveries played in Tests so far
We often see Pujara playing some classical shots in between his steady stance. Pujara has always frustrated the bowlers with a disciplined batting method, something which was evident in the recently-concluded Test series against Australia. The right-handed batsman has so far played 13572 deliveries in 136 Test innings, while India batting legend Rahul Dravid, who tops the chart, has played a total of 31,5278 balls in his illustrious Test career.
Second-highest batting average at home
Pujara is indeed one of the best Test batsmen currently in the world as he records second best batting average while playing in India. He has a batting average of 59.84 in India, which also is the second-highest batting average for an Indian batsman after Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper leads the chart with a batting average of 68.42.
Pujara’s heroics in Australia
Pujara has so far played 11 Tests in Australia and in which he has scored three tons. Batting at an average of 47.28, the right-handed batsman has so far accumulated 993 runs. Pujara’s heroics in 2018-19 also helped India become the first Asian country to beat Australia at home in a Test series.