Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was touted the successor of Rahul Dravid even before he broke into the International scene. Pujara, living up to the hype, has made #3 slot his after the departure of Dravid. His focus at the crease and the ability to grind out runs is what separates him from the rest. So far in his Test career, Pujara has piled more than four and half thousand runs at an impressive batting average of 50.34.
|Nickname:||Chintu, Good Boy|
|Weight (approx.):||71 Kg|
|Eye Colour:||Light Brown|
|Date of Birth:||25 January 1988|
|Age (as on 2018):||30 years|
|Birth Place:||Rajkot, Gujarat|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Aquarius|
|School:||Lal Bahadur Shastri Vidyalaya (Rajkot), RM Chhaya High School (Rajkot)|
|Educational Qualifications:||Bachelor of Bussiness Administration (BBA) through correspondence|
|Father:||Arvind Pujara (Former Cricketer)|
|Mother:||Late Reena Pujara (Died 2005)|
|Test:||India v Australia at Bengaluru, Oct 9-13, 2010|
|ODI:||Zimbabwe v India at Bulawayo, Aug 1, 2013|
|Jersey Number:||#15 India|
|Domestic/State Team:||Derbyshire, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Nottinghamshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Saurashtra, Yorkshire|
|Nature on field:||Calm|
|Likes to play against:||NA|
- Pujara is the 2nd fastest Indian to get to 1,000 Test runs.
- Pujara holds the record of most balls faced by an Indian in a test innings: 525.
- Pujara is one of the nine batsman to score three career first-class triple-centuries. He also holds a record of scoring three triple centuries within a span of one month.
- Pujara is the third batsman for India, and ninth overall, to bat on all five days of a Test.
|Career Turning Point:|
- Strong performances in the First Class cricket got Pujara in the reckoning.
|Hobbies:||Listening to old songs|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||Cape Town|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Actors:||Amitabh Bachchan, Johnny Depp|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Marriage Date:||13 february 2013|
|Grade A BCCI:||INR 7 Crore|
|Awards and recognitions|
- ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2013
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Pujara was Man of the Tournament for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- Pujara’s father Arvind Pujara and uncle Bipin Pujara both played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy.
- In 2014, Pujara was appointed as the ‘brand ambassador’ for the state of Gujarat by the Election Commission.