The Indian batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, will return to Sussex for county cricket in 2023. The Indian Test specialist batsman has extended his contract with Sussex and it was announced on the county team’s website on Monday.
The 34-year-old enjoyed an impressive run in his debut season with the team. He made an impression by dominating both the red-ball and white-ball formats. This will be his fourth county stint, having previously played for Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
I Thoroughly Enjoyed The Last Season – Cheteshwar Pujara
Speaking on returning to Sussex, Pujara said, “I am glad to be back with Sussex for the 2023 season. I thoroughly enjoyed my last stint with the club last season, both on and off the field and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team’s growth and success in the coming year.”
Pujara scored more than 1,000 runs for his county team Sussex, including three double centuries, and finished the season with a Brodmanesque average of 109.4.
The right-handed batsman’s impressive run continued in the 50-over Royal London Cup, taking the team to the semi-finals of the competition despite the absence of the injured Tom Haines. In nine Royal London Cup matches, Pujara scored 624 runs, with an average of 89.14 at a strike rate of 111.62, with his highest score of 174 runs off 131 balls against Surrey.
It Is Fantastic News – Keith Greenfield
Sussex Performance Director, Keith Greenfield, added, “It is fantastic news that Cheteshwar will be returning in 2023, we all saw the class he showed with the bat and his performances, but he was also outstanding in our young dressing room as a world-class role model for them to follow.”
It is noteworthy that Pujara was selected for the Indian Test team based on his batting performance for Sussex. He represented India in the Test match against England in Birmingham. In the final Test of England’s tour, he scored 13 and 66 in the first and second innings, respectively.