Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s renowned red-ball specialist with an illustrious Test career, has struggled to establish himself in white-ball cricket. Despite his exceptional record in Test matches, Pujara has played only five ODIs for India and is yet to make his T20I debut.
His poor form in Test cricket recently led to his omission from the squad for the West Indies series. However, the 35-year-old cricketer is making waves in the white-ball format, as he stunned fans with an impressive unbeaten century while playing for Sussex in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Playing against Northamptonshire, Pujara showcased his prowess in white-ball cricket with a stunning unbeaten hundred. The right-handed batter from Saurashtra scored 106 runs off 119 deliveries, including four boundaries and two sixes. His remarkable innings were instrumental in helping Sussex post a total of 240 runs on the board.
Despite limited opportunities in the 50-over format, Pujara has featured in 119 List-A games, amassing 5383 runs. His List-A record includes 15 centuries and 32 half-centuries, indicating his proficiency in adapting to the shorter format of the game.
Although Pujara’s century was a masterful display of skill and determination, it went in vain as Sussex suffered a narrow three-wicket defeat. Nevertheless, his impressive performance has caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts and pundits.
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In the same game, India’s young batting sensation, Prithvi Shaw, featured for Northamptonshire. The talented cricketer has faced challenges securing a spot in the Indian team. During the match, Shaw scored 26 runs off 17 deliveries, showcasing his natural flair with the bat.