Cheteshwar Pujara continued his impressive run in county cricket, scoring his second century of the county season for Sussex. Pujara, who skipped the IPL 2023 mini-auction, extended his association with Sussex after an incredible start for him last year. The Indian Test specialist is leading the Sussex team this season and he played a captain’s sensational innings to help his team post a stupendous total against Gloucestershire on Saturday.
Pujara scored 151 off 238 balls, studded with 20 fours and two sixes, as Sussex declared at 455/5. He shared a 100-run partnership for the third wicket with Tom Alsop. The Sussex skipper didn’t stop there and shared a few partnerships with James Coles – 144 for the fourth wicket, 106 for the fifth wicket with Oliver Carter.
Marchant de Lange and Zafar Gohar took two wickets each for Gloucestershire.
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Pujara led his troops well on the field on Day 3 as Sussex gained the upper hand over Gloucestershire by restricting them to 198/8 at stumps. Nathan McAndrew claims a FIFTY for Sussex.
Meanwhile, this is Pujara’s second hundred in three matches so far this county season. The talismanic batsman scored 115 against Durham in his first county match of the season.
Pujara, who joined Sussex last year, scored 1094 runs in the County Championship, including a record-breaking three double centuries, and finished the season at an average of 109.4. He led Sussex on several occasions as interim captain because of injury to Tom Haines.
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“Definitely (playing for Sussex has rejuvenated my career). If you look at last season, I was out of the Indian team. I needed some runs to get back in the team. I have got the right platform here .Scored some runs and got back into the team. So, nothing like playing for the Indian team but Sussex gave me that opportunity and I will never forget it.
The ongoing county season is crucial for Pujara ahead of the World Test Championship to be held in English conditions at the Oval in London.