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Cheteshwar Pujara Biography: ‘The Rock’ in Indian Cricket Team’s Batting Order

 

If Rahul Dravid was synonymous to ‘The Wall’, today Cheteshwar Pujara is synonymous to ‘The Rock’ in the Indian Cricket Team‘s batting order. Pujara is India’s number 3 – the place which Dravid occupied for nearly fifteen years. He emulates his master in all the qualities he possessed – patience, perseverance and determination other than brilliant cricketing skills.

The 31-year-old, Pujara has played 68 Test matches and have scored 5426 runs at an average of 51.19. He has scored 18 centuries and 20 half tonnes with a highest of 206*.

Today, lets’ read on about the incredible journey and unknown facts of India’s next ‘Mr. Dependable’ – Cheteshwar Pujara.

Cheteshwar Pujara Biography

Details
Full Name
Cheteshwar Pujara
Age
31 years
Sport Category
Cricket
Date of Birth
25 January 1988
Hometown
Rajkot
Height
1.65 m
Spouse
Puja Pujara
Parent
Arvind and Reema Pujara
ODI Debut
1 August 2013 Vs Zimbabwe
Test Debut
9 October 2010 Vs Australia
ICC Rankings
3rd in Test Cricket

 

Early Days

Cheteshwar Pujara was born on 25 January 1988 in Rajkot, Gujarat to Arvind and Reema Pujara. Both his father and his uncle Bipin were cricketers who played for Saurashtra. He completed his BBA (Bachelors in Business Administration). Pujara was only 17 when he lost his mother due to cancer. His father was responsible for bringing up this young prodigy.

Pujara made his Under 19 debut for India against England in 2005 where he scored a mammoth 211 which helped the team won by an innings and 137 runs. His innings showed the world that they are witnessing a great player being born.

He was picked up for the Under 19 World Cup in 2006 and became the leading run scorer of the tournament with 349 runs from six innings including the half-centuries and a century. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the finals against Pakistan and India lost the match.

Domestic Career

In 2013, Pujara became only the ninth batsman to score three first-class triple centuries. In the 2008-09 season, he scored his first triple century – 302* against Orissa and followed it up with a 352 against Karnataka in 2012-13 for Saurashtra. Then in 2013-14, playing for India A against the Windies A, he scored 306*.

In 2017-18, he was the leading run scorer for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy amassing 437 runs in only four matches.

Also Read: Pujara’s recent ICC Test Ranking

 

International Career

Pujara made his Test debut on 9 October 2010 against Australia at Bangalore. In the first innings, he just scored four runs but in the second innings, batting at number 3, he scored a masterful 72. He wasn’t getting a lot of opportunities in the Indian team due to the superlative batting order that India possessed comprising of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

Pujara got a chance in August 2012 against New Zealand at Hyderabad. He converted the opportunity he got into gold, scoring a brilliant 159. In the next match against Australia in Ahmedabad, he scored a 206, just staking a claim on his spot in the illustrious batting order. He became the 2nd fastest Indian to get to a 1000 Test runs.

The Rock

Abroad too, he was the lone warrior in the Indian batting order. When most batsmen failed, Pujara stood like a rock. In 2013 against South Africa he scored a brilliant 153 at Johannesburg. He was also awarded the Player of the series for his 280 runs at an average of 70.00.

Pujara time and again reminded captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri that he shouldn’t be dropped from the Test side. He played a brilliant knock of 72 along in the third test in Nottingham and ultimately India won the match. Pujara followed it up with an unbeaten 132 at Southampton.

 

Cheteshwar carried his form in Australia too, scoring 3 centuries on the tour. He scored 521 runs from 1,258 balls – a record in itself, at an average of 74.42. This tour proved to be historic for India as they became the first Asian team to beat Australia in their backyard.

Australian coach Justin Langer said, “I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers.”

Though, Pujara never got a lot of opportunities to prove himself in the lower formats of the game, he has become an irreplaceable part of India’s Test Team.

Cheteshwar Pujara Stats

 

Competition Test ODI First Class List A
Matches 68 5 185 103
Runs Scored 5,426 51 14,552 4,445
Batting Average 51.19 10.20 54.50 54.20
100s 18 0 48 11
50s 20 0 50 29
Highest Score 206* 27 352 158*
Catches 45 0 125 39

 

Family & Personal Life

Cheteshwar married Puja Pabari in Rajkot on 13 February 2013.

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Not to brag, but I think we’re really cute together. #Ethnic #MeAndYou #weddingshenanigans

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Captured candid in conversation with the wife. Simple joys of being home #simplejoys #igers #candidclick #home❤️

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In March 2018, the lovely couple welcomed their baby girl and named her Aditi.
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Cheteshwar Pujara Net Worth

According to finapp.co.in, Pujara’s net worth is 13 Crores. He earns an annual income of 4 crores. His net worth includes 3 luxury cars and a house worth 3 crores. His cars include an Audi and a Ford.

Cheteshwar Pujara Records

  1. Pujara is the second fastest to a 1000 runs by an Indian player.
  2. Pujara passed 2,000 runs in a year. He scored 2,043 runs at 102.15 in first-class matches in 2013.
  3. The right-handed batsman’s 222-run partnership with Kohli is India’s third highest in South Africa and their highest in the second innings of a Test in South Africa.
  4. He has the highest second innings score of 153 by any Indian batsmen in South Africa.
  5. Most balls faced by an Indian in Test innings: 525.
  6. He climbed to a career-best number 2 spot in the rankings for Test batsmen after his double century against Australia in March 2017 now he is ranked third.
  7. Interestingly, he is the third batsman for India, and ninth overall, to bat on all five days of a Test.
  8. Pujara is the sixth Indian cricketer to score a century in a Tour outside Asia on the first day.

Pujara’s favourites

Favourite Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting

Favourite Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Johnny Depp

Favourite Place : Cape Town

Favourite Singer : Lata Mangeshkar

Favourite Hobby: Listening to old music and watching movies.

 

Social Media

Instagram

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Happy birthday to my MO bro! Let the moustache legacy get bigger this year @royalnavghan

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May the smiles never fade. Wish you guys a wonderful life together with lots of love and happiness @virat.kohli @AnushkaSharma

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Twitter

Pujara is a rare selfless player like Rahul Dravid. May he score tonnes and tonnes of runs for the country, not only in India but also abroad.

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