Instead of worrying about the Indian team’s preparations for the Asia Cup and the selection issues that came with it, veteran Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara continued his brilliant play in the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup by scoring his third century in five games for Sussex.
With the century, the Sussex captain moved into second place overall in the world of cricket, surpassing former India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Babar Azam on an elusive list.
In the current tournament, Pujara once again displayed his power-hitting prowess by smashing a century in just 75 balls on his way to an innings of 132 runs in 90 balls that featured 20 boundaries and two sixes. Tom Alsop, who started the game, led the scoring with 189 off 155 balls. Earlier, Pujara crushed Warwickshire for 107 off 79 balls. The following game against Surrey saw him record his highest List A score of his career, 174.
Cheteshwar Pujara Has Been In Outstanding Form
With the outstanding performance, Pujara surpassed Kohli and Babar to record the second-highest batting average in List A cricket among players with at least 100 innings played. Pujara’s career average of 57.48 in 109 innings is only slightly worse than that of the legendary Australian batsman Michael Bevan (57.86 in 385 innings). Babar is in second place with a 56.56 average over 153 innings, followed by Kohli with a 56.60 average over 286 innings.
The knock also enabled Pujara to finish the tournament with a total of 614 runs for Sussex in eight innings, including three centuries. His knocks were as follows: 9, 16, 63, 7, 14, 107, 79, 174, 68, 66, and 132. (90). He is now just the second batter this season to surpass 500 runs.
In the rescheduled fifth Test against England last month, Pujara returned to the Indian team after his successful run in the county championship.
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