Cheteshwar Pujara ended the drought of the century

County Championship – End of Drought for Pujara – Veteran Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has finally ended his century drought after scoring a century for Sussex against Derbyshire. Pujara, who scored his last century in the Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in January 2020, was without a triple figure when looking for form. Pujara took 237 deliveries to score a century in his debut match for the team. Follow all live sports updates on InsideSport.IN.

County Championship: Cheteshwar Pujara completes 800 days of drought drought, hits tons in Sussex debut – see

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Drought lasted more than 800 days – The 800-plus day drought has seen Pujara go through many ups and downs, with Pujara scoring a triple century against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy match. 352 runs will be his last ball in the pre-epidemic era. Pujara faced criticism late and he was still given a chance both nationally and internationally.

Excluded from the national team – Pujara’s last century for India came during his tour of Australia in January 2019 as he famously won the Test series for India. A 193-run innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) was his last international century for India, since then he has played 48 innings without a ton for Team India. Pujara has since been dropped from the national team and has faced a difficult task to return to the national team.

County Championship: Cheteshwar Pujara completes 800 days of drought drought, hits tons in Sussex debut – see

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Gary Kirsten’s Reliable Assets – Cheteshwar Pujara was once hailed by former India coach Gary Kirsten as one of the most talented players he has worked with. The 2011 World Cup winning coach was full of praise for the Indian team after leaving the job. Pujara stood by his word because he was frequently present in the Indian team until he was dropped.

In 226 first-class matches, Pujara has scored over 17,000 runs at an average of 51. Of these, 51 are first-class hundreds. He took 374 innings to run tons with 70 half centuries. His best score of 352 came in a Ranji match against Karnataka in January 2020.

Last series against South Africa – The series against South Africa became the final straw for Pujara as he was not considered for the home series against Sri Lanka. Ajinkya Rahane, along with Pujara, was dropped for the series, which according to many ended in Pujara and Rahane for the national team. Even before the South Africa series they were considered to be on loan time.

County Championship: Cheteshwar Pujara completes 800 days of drought drought, hits tons in Sussex debut – see

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