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Cheteshwar Pujara Cheteshwar Pujara DOB: January 25, 1988

Rated highly for his impeccable skills and unmatched determination - Cheteshwar Pujara is the backbone of Indian batting line-up when it comes to cricket's purest format. Since his debut in red ball cricket in 2010 versus Australia, the Rajkot-born batsman as grown leaps and bounds as his career progressed. With his outstanding technique and ability to bat for long hours without losing concentration, Pujara has been a thorn in the flesh of oppositions. With an impressive career average of more than 50 in Test cricket, Pujara is presently rated among the best number three batsmen in the world while playing in whites. Mostly compared with Rahul Dravid for his sheer sense of determination and will power to bat for long hours without breaking any sweat, Pujara has carved a niche for himself in the cricketing world. Despite being picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the first edition of Indian Premier League (2008), Pujara never managed to leave a mark in white ball cricket and largely due to his reputation as an exclusive Test player. After a forgettable tour to England in 2014/15, the right-handed batsman spent some extended sessions in English County cirucit with teams - Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. Major teams: India, Derbyshire, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Nottinghamshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Saurashtra, Saurashtra Under-16s, Saurashtra Under-19s, Yorkshire Playing role: Top-order batsman Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling style: Legbreak

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India ended the opening day at 233 for 6 against Australia

AUS vs IND 1st Test, Day 1: Skipper Kohli's run-out triggers batting collapse, India finish on 233/6

Sports | Dec 17, 2020, 08:03 PM IST

Kohli's untimely run-out led to a batting collapse as India were restricted to 233/6 at stumps.

Bangladesh won the toss and India everything else against a

Kohli, Pujara hand India lead after Ishant's fifer shatters Bangladesh

Sports | Nov 22, 2019, 09:18 PM IST

The Indian pace battery ran through Bangladesh batting like a hot knife through butter, before Pujara Virat Kohli eased to typically classy fifties as India reached 174/3 at stumps on Day 1 of the first pink ball Test on Friday.

India vs Australia

India end 71-year drought, win historic Test series 2-1 in Australia

Sports | Jan 07, 2019, 07:05 PM IST

Commenting on the feat, coach Ravi Shastri said: "I will tell you how satisfying it is for me. World Cup 1983, World Championship of Cricket 1985 - this is as big, or even bigger, because it is in the truest (Test) format of the game."

Cheteshwar Pujara played the anchor's role yet again with

4th Test, Day 1: Pujara's unbeaten ton, Mayank's fifty puts India in command

Sports | Jan 03, 2019, 01:51 PM IST

Leading 2-1 after the 137-run win in the Melbourne Test, India made a strong start by ending at 303/4 in 90 overs on Thursday.

India vs Australia

1st Test: India take 166-run lead over Australia on Day 3

Sports | Dec 08, 2018, 03:40 PM IST

At the close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 40 runs, while Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 1 not out. India led by 166 runs.

India vs Australia

Adelaide Test: India 250/9 on Day 1 after Pujara's 123

Sports | Dec 06, 2018, 03:42 PM IST

Pujara showed the same grit and gumption that is typical of him en route a 246-ball 123 that kept India in the game after being reduced to 127 for six in the 50th over.

India vs West Indies 2018

India vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 1: India reach 364/4 at Stumps

Sports | Oct 04, 2018, 06:42 PM IST

The West Indies handed a big setback even before toss with the last-minute withdrawal of captain Jason Holder, looked ordinary at best on the field.

South Africa reached 6/1 at stumps losing opener Aiden

India vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Day 1 at Wanderers

Sports | Jan 24, 2018, 10:06 PM IST

After bundling out India for 187 runs, South Africa reached 6/1 at stumps losing opener Aiden Markram on the opening day of the third Test.

South Africa rode on debutant paceman Lungi Ngidi's maiden

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Day 5 at Centurion

Sports | Jan 17, 2018, 05:03 PM IST

South Africa rode on debutant paceman Lungi Ngidi's maiden five-wicket haul to thrash an underwhelming India by 135 runs.