Cheteshwar Pujara relies on his solid defense in an era of counter-attacking batters, and has performed exceedingly well for India over the years. He is one of those rare batters in world cricket at the moment, who thrives playing Test cricket which makes him a Test specialist. Batting at No. 3, he is the rock of India’s Test batting lineup who can grind the opposition down allowing players like Kohli and Pant to play freely.
Pujara is 33 years old. He was born on 25 January, 1988 in Rajkot, Gujarat.
Puja Pabari is Pujara’s wife. The duo has a girl named Aditi Pujara.
15 Crore INR
Test Career: Runs 6244, Avg. 46.59
ODI Career: Runs 51, Avg. 10.19
First-class Career: Runs 16229, Avg. 52
Pujara’s journey hasn’t been an easy one. His father Arvind Pujara is his coach and he admires him the most. He made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in December 2005. Pujara came into limelight in the next year, when he went on to play the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. He was the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 349 runs and was eventually chosen Player of the Tournament.
Pujara made his Test debut in 2010 against Australia. When India’s senior batters retired from the game, Pujara was given the responsibility to bat at No. 3. His ability to grind out the opposition bowlers similar to someone like Rahul Dravid stood out the most. He has the ability to score big hundreds which makes him one of the prized wickets in world cricket.
Pujara has 3 double-hundreds to his name. He has scored several important runs in overseas conditions. His 193 against Australia at Sydney stands out. Pujara played a crucial role in India’s win in 2018-19 Border Gavaskar Trophy. He was the highest run-scorer and was adjudged Player of the Series. In 2020-21, his body blows helped India register another historic win in Australia.
Pujara is now eyeing a victory in the WTC Final against New Zealand which can add another feather to his glorious career.
CSK picked him at the IPL Auction for 50 lakh.