Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Image: Twitter

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Senior Indian player Cheteshwar Pujara continued his dream run in the ongoing County Championship 2022 with his third double-hundred for Sussex against Middlesex on Wednesday. Pujara resumed the second day batting at 115 with Sussex’s score reading 328 for four wickets.

Pujara had already put the visitors in a commanding position on Day 1 at the Lord’s with his self-restraint and composed innings laced by 19 fours and two sixes bringing up his third double-hundred of the season.

Cheteshwar Pujara scores 231 against Middlesex

Pujara’s dashing knock ended after Mark Stoneman caught him off Tom Helm’s bowling on 231. He became the first player from Sussex, in their history of 118 years, to hit three double-hundreds in a single season.

Pujara was named the interim captain for Sussex in this county match after regular skipper Tom Haines was ruled out for 5-6 weeks after breaking his bone while batting against Leicester last week. The Saurashtra batter started his innings on an attacking note, punching Luke Hollman for a boundary over mid-wicket.

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Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Image: Twitter

Pujara stitched a partnership of 219 runs with Sussex No.3 Tom Alsop for the fourth wicket. The latter scored 135 in 277 deliveries, including 15 boundaries, before falling to Middlesex pacer Tom Helm at the end of the first day.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s numbers in County Championship 2022

Pujara has now amassed his tally to 997 runs in 10 innings at an average of 124.62 in this County Championship season and stands third on the list of most run-getters only behind Ben Duckett (1005) and Shan Masood (1074).

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara gets a rousing welcome at Lord’s. dressing room. Image: Twitter

The Saurashtra player had begun his county season with a double-ton (201*) for Sussex against Derbyshire and followed it with a hundred (109) against Worcestershire and another double-ton (203) against Durham. In May, he was unbeaten on 170 against Middlesex.

Pujara’s phenomenal run in county cricket inspired his return to the Indian Test side for the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham, where he scored fifty in the second innings.

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