Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara is on a mission as he notched up his fourth century in as many games of the season while representing Sussex in Country Championship. Interestingly, Pujara has converted two of his centuries into double centuries. After getting dismissed cheaply for just 16 runs in the first innings, Pujara continued his dream run in the tournament by putting on a show in the second innings.
On Saturday, the Indian batting star yet again produced a blistering knock to register his fourth century in as many matches. At the end of play on Day 3, Pujara remained unbeaten at 125 off just 149 balls, with a brilliant strike rate of 83.39. Pujara has so far slammed 203 vs Durham, 109 vs Worcester and unbeaten 201 vs Derbyshire.
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Pujara vs Shaheen Afridi
While Pujara's top-form has become the talk of the town, after he slammed a upper-cut short against Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi which went viral ever since it was shared on social media.
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The Saurashtra batter has continued his purple patch in the tournament as he scored his fourth century. Pujara's unbeaten century helped Sussex reach 236 for three at stumps on Day 3, leading Middlesex by 270 runs. Tom Alsop was another batter who played brilliantly and scored 66 for Sussex.
Pujara got out cheaply in the first innings as he could only score 16 runs, while opener Ali Orr's 99 and Tom Alsop's 133 helped Sussex post 392 in the first innings. Afridi and Martin Andersson took three wickets apiece for Middlesex. In response, Middlesex scored 358 in their first innings of batting on the back of Max Holden (58), Luke Hollman (82) and Andersson (55).
Pujara aiming for return in Indian Test squad
Speaking of Pujara, he has been in top form for Sussex as he aims to make a comeback to the Indian Test team. He was earlier dropped from the Indian whites this year following poor performance over the last few months. In his absence, team management entrusted Hanuma Vihari to bat at the crucial No. 3 spot in the Test team.
India's next assignment in Test cricket is going to be the last match of their series against England which was left incomplete last year due to COVID-related concerns.