Indian Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has equalled an unwanted record of Ajit Wadekar after continuously failing to score a century batting at No. 3 position in Test cricket.
Cheteshwar Pujara has faced heavy criticism for his poor performance for an extended period of time. Yet, despite his continuous failures, Pujara has been provided with the no. 3 spot in the Test team in almost every match India plays, whether overseas or at home.
Meanwhile, now he has set an unwanted record by failing to score a century in 39 consecutive innings batting at no. 3 position. Previously Ajit Wadekar was the player who batted at no. 3 position and played 39 innings without registering a single century in his name.
Cheteshwar Pujara Equals Unwanted Record After Failing To Score A Century In 39 Consecutive Innings
Former India captain Wadekar batted at no. 3 position without scoring a hundred for 39 innings between the year 1968 and 1974. Meanwhile, Pujara’s steak commenced in 2019 when he scored his last century, and now in 2021, he has completed 39 innings going without a hundred.
Notably, this is not the first time Pujara has played over 35 innings at no.3 without a hundred, as from 2013 to 2016, he batted in 37 innings without scoring a single century.
Most innings without a hundred while batting at No. 3 :
Ajit Wadekar (1968-74) – 39
Cheteshwar Pujara (2019-2021*) – 39
Cheteshwar Pujara (2013 and 2016) – 37
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has witnessed a big downfall in his career in 2020 & 2021 as in 2020 he averaged 20.34, and in 2021 he averages only 30.42, which is very poor for a no. 3 batter who has been backed by management despite his failures. In the ongoing India vs New Zealand Green Park, Kanpur Test match, he scored 26 runs in the first innings and only 22 runs in the second innings.
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