Cheteshwar Pujara Biography

About of Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara is one of the finest Indian international cricket player who has played Test Matches for Indian national team while playing for Saurashtra in domestic cricket. He is a right handed batsman who made his first-class debut for Saurashtra in December 2005, while making his Test Debut at Bangalore in October 2010. Known to have a sound technique and temperament required to play long innings, he was one the contenders for a spot in the Indian middle order, after the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman He made his first double hundred against England (2012), followed by another double hundred against Australia (2013), both the times ensuring a victory for India, and becoming a man of the match. Even before he made his international debut for India, he was considered to be a batting genius capable enough of replacing the greatest batsman Rahul Dravid, and was seen as one of the most promising talents in the country. While most modern Indian cricketers have a swashbuckling style of play, Pujara possesses the rare old-school, Dravid like temperament and techniques. Young Pujara is known to have a huge appetite for runs, evident from the triple centuries he has to his name. His career till now has sufficiently proved how much his technique is suited to the longer format of the game of cricket.

Name Cheteshwar Pujara
Real Name Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara
Date of Birth January 25, 1988
Birth Place Gujarat
Father's Name Arvind Pujara
Mother's Name Late. Reena Pujara
Nationality Indian
Wife Name Puja Pujara

Early Life of Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara was born on January 25, 1988, in Rajkot, Gujarat. His father Arvind Pujara was first class cricketer for Saurashtra. Since the age of 8 he started his cricket training which he pursued after classes. At the age of 13 he started playing for the state team, and soon scored 306 runs for Saurashtra State against Baroda in a U-19 match. He had all-rounder ability at an early age however decided to concentrate on batting ability. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Mumbai which would have helped him bat against quality fast bowlers and have sufficient match practice. They lived in a makeshift house in thane and made sacrifices for the ambitions of Pujara.

Personal Life

Pujara is the son of Arvind Pujara, and the nephew of Bipin Pujara, both of whom played for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy. At the age of 17, Pujara suffered the demise of his mother who was very close to his heart. He married Puja Pabari in Rajkot in 2013 and was appointed as the brand ambassador for the state of Gujarat by Election Commission. In his early days, Arvind Pujara’s nephew was clicking picture of a 2.5 year old Pujara playing, seeing the photos his father recognised perfect balance and his ability to keep his eye on the ball, upon which he decided to make him a cricketer.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Domestic Career

Pujara made his U-19 Debut with a 211 runs innings for India against England. In 2006 U-19 world cup he scored 349 runs in 6 innings, where he was made the player of the tournament. By 2013, he had scored three triple centuries, 302 for Saurashtra against Orissa, 352 for Saurashtra against Karnataka and 206 for India against West Indies, becoming the only ninth batsman to have three triple centuries.

International Career

Pujara after showing consistency in domestic cricket was selected for 2010 Australia tour to India. He came as a substitute after VVS Laxman. He got out for a meager 3 in first innings but managed to score 74 in the second innings.

He was given a chance 2 years later, where he was complimented by Duncan Fletcher who told him to congratulate his father. In breakthrough match in 2012, he scored an indispensable 159 against New Zealand helping him grab a place in the Indian Test cricket team. Pujara scored a double hundred against Australia in 2013, becoming the 2nd fastest Indian to reach the 1000 run milestone. By 2015 he had scored 9 first class centuries, just behind Don Bradman who scored one double hundred every 9 innings, Pujara scored one every 15 times. He played for KKR in 3 seasons, represented RCB for a few matches before a knee injury kept him out of IPL. He also has experience in County cricket, where he played a 90 run innings against Surrey, followed by a fantastic century against Leicestershire.

Hardships

He injured his knee and required a surgery at the age of 21.Two years later, once again during IPL he hurt himself, thus time requiring a surgery on the second knee.

During his rehabilitation, he got a call that his father in Rajkot had suffered a heart attack. Pujara remained unsold in IPL 2018 Auctions and was unsold in County Cricket 2015 Auctions.He was dropped from the Indian team after struggling in New Zealand and Australia, it took an innings of 145 to get him back on the team.

Highlights

Pujara is the only cricketer in the World to score three triple centuries in a month.
Pujara’s batting average in List A cricket is only next to Michael Bevan, falling by merely 0.15 points.
He became the 2nd fastest Indian to reach the 1000 run milestone.
Awarded the Arjuna Award for Sports in 2017, and the Emerging Cricketer of the Year in 2013
Pujara at a point in his career scored over 4000 runs (average of 60) before he played for India, making 72 in that match.
He has gone on to play 50 tests, became the joint 3rd fastest batsmen to score 4000 runs for India, while crossing 50 runs in 14 out of the 15 tests he played.
He had the highest 2nd innings score of 153 by any Indian batsmen in South Africa.
He faced most balls by an Indian in a test innings (525)
He climbed to a career best No.2 in Test batsmen rankings against Australia in March 2017
In the 2003, Test no. 3 Rahul Dravid won the player of the match, 5 years later No. 3 Cheteshwar was named the Player of the match.

Fun Facts of Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwara was academically competent, being a class topper and monitor in his school
Cheteshwara is very fond of Playstation games; he is very competitive while playing with his colleagues.
Murli Vijay practiced 1 Month to beat Cheteshwara in Tennis, who previously defeated Murli.
Cheteshwara is religious, he is fond of following a routine however tries to not align himself with superstitions.
Pujara seems to be very shy now, and wasn’t of a similar nature in his school.
A lot of comparison is drawn between Dravid and Pujara both in terms of statistics and personality.

In Reality

Pujara seems to be one of the simple cricketers, who doesn’t wear any tattoos that are typical of the average Indian cricketer, nor has he had any multi-million IPL contract in the last 4 years. He doesn’t have the social media following of the same magnitude as his peers, with only 2 million Twitter followers much less compared to his captain’s 27.4 million. He barely gives any unfamiliar statements at press meets, even during the fortunate times of success, and would find him smiling for his fans instead. Pujara yields the patience of a saint, but can perform like a warrior when it comes to his batting on the field.

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