Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara is very famous in the longer formats such as first-class cricket, including Test cricket. But the right-handed batsman isn’t popular in white-ball cricket, especially in T20 format.
Despite having an incredible batting average of 54.20 after playing 103 List A matches, Cheteshwar Pujara has played only five ODIs and he has been hardly considered for the Indian ODI structure.
Talking about his T20 career, Pujara struggled in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) between 2010 and 2014. In his IPL career, Pujara has scored 390 runs in 30 matches with an average of 20.52 and strike rate of 99.74. Though he scored one half-century and also scored three more 30s in his IPL career, the right-handed batsman has mostly disappointed with the bat in the IPL.
However, Pujara’s overall T20 career is not so dull yet as he has scored 1356 runs in 64 T20s before the IPL 2021 with an average of 29.47 and strike rate of 109.35. He has scored one century and seven half-centuries in his T20 career.
Though Pujara is famous for his patience batting, the right-handed batsman also has some useful speedy contributions for his team during the crucial period of a T20 match.
Here we are talking about Cheteshwar Pujara’s top 5 highest strike rates innings in T20 career
Cheteshwar Pujara (for Royal Challengers Bangalore): 25 runs off 15 balls (strike-rate – 166.67) against Deccan Chargers on 14th April 2011
After Deccan Chargers (DC) managed to score 175/5 (20 overs) in the first innings, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen deeply struggled to chase that target during that IPL 2011 match at Hyderabad. When Pujara came to bat in the no.7 position, RCB were already struggling on 56/5 in 11.1 overs.
Pujara and Virat Kohli set up a 62-run partnership for the sixth wicket and that too in less than six overs. Pujara played a knock of 25 off 15 balls with the help of four boundaries. During that innings, Pujara had a strike rate of 166.67. After hitting two fours in three balls to Dale Steyn, Pujara lost his wicket to the South African pacer in that 17th over.
Though Virat Kohli scored 71 off 51 balls, RCB managed to score only 142/9 (20 overs) as Deccan Chargers won that match by 33 runs.