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: Legbreakread more
Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara on January 09 said that losing Ravindra Jadeja is a blow for India and his absence has made extra pressure on other bowlers.
Cheteshwar Pujara stood strong on the first session of the Day/Night Test between India and Australia, as India lost Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal early in the innings after opting to bat.
India went in with lone spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin, supporting a three-pronged pace attack in the first Test against England in Birmingham.
England won the toss and decided to bat against India in the opening Test of the five match series in Birmingham on Wednesday. India included in-form KL Rahul in place of seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara, who is yet to score a fifty this season.