Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara, the man of the hour of the Indian cricket team, celebrated his 31st birthday on January 25. He is currently playing for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Karnataka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.Pujara had a stellar tour of Australia where he scored 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award. Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he lead his side to a historic 2-1 series win win.But true to his cricketing ethos, Pujara turned out for his Ranji side on return from Down Under, scoring 11 and an unbeaten 67 in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 2 Live Score: Saurashtra vs KarnatakaTeam India coach Ravi Shastri had praised Pujara for showing that one can be a successful cricketer without being the ‘Flash Harry’.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs,” head coach Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.Pujara made his debut for India in 2010 against Australia in Bengaluru and since in 68 Tests, Pujara has scored 5426 runs at an average of 51.18 including 18 centuries and 20 fifties.With India’s Test assignments over for the season, the soft-spoken family man will be looking forward to another stint in county cricket, something which he alluded to in his post-match presentation.advertisement”I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. Will give me enough time to prepare. I’ll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it’ll always remain my priority,” Pujara had said after the Sydney Test.Wishes poured in for Pujara on social media. Here is a select few:He’s India’s Test specialist, a rock in the top order who is the only Indian batsman to face over 500 balls in a single Test innings, against Australia at Ranchi in 2017. His three centuries led India to their recent Test series win in Australia.Happy birthday @cheteshwar1! pic.twitter.com/GceZyDDdYFICC (@ICC) January 25, 2019Happy Birthday @cheteshwar1. On his 31st birthday we relive one of his famous knocks against Australia. A double ton that had the Pujara imprint written all over it #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IL1bYqTe3mBCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2019Happy birthday @cheteshwar1 Wishing you a great year ahead full of love, luck and many more hundreds pic.twitter.com/e4E87ieB9HShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 25, 2019Also Read | 521 runs. 1258 balls. 30 hours. Does Cheteshwar Pujara feel bad for bowlers?Also Read | We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winlast_img read more

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