The veteran Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara has been piling up runs for fun in the ongoing County Championship 2022. Pujara faced the axe from India’s Test squad after a series of underwhelming performances in the last 12 months. He was dropped from the team ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Cheteshwar Pujara returned to the domestic cricket but had a forgettable run with the bat, and Saurashtra failed to defend their Ranji title after crashing out of the group stage.
However, Cheteshwar Pujara was determined to get back to his best, and he flew off to England to play for Sussex in the County Championship. The right-handed batter has found his mojo back as the 34-year-old has amassed three centuries and one fifty. Moreover, the modern wall has also added an aggressive approach to his batting to take on the opposition batting.
Cheteshwar Pujara uppercuts Shaheen Afridi for a six
In the ongoing match between Sussex and Middlesex, Pujara got dismissed cheaply in the first innings. However, he got a chance to redeem himself as the right-handed batter entered the arena at a crucial point.
After taking a marginal 34 runs lead in the first innings, Sussex were reduced to 6/2 as Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi was breathing fire after picking up the opener Ali Orr for a duck.
On the 3rd delivery of the 3rd over, the left-handed pacer Shaheen Afridi came charging in at Cheteshwar Pujara and bowled a short delivery outside the off-stump. However, Pujara was ready for the task and played a beautiful uppercut, and the ball flew way over the third man boundary for a six.
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Cheteshwar Pujara finished the day unbeaten with another century at 103 runs off 135 deliveries. The red-ball specialist has amassed 646 runs in 7 innings at an average of over 129.