Cheteshwar Pujara hits 2nd double ton in County Championship, makes strong case for India comeback
- Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday scored his second double hundred since he joined Sussex
- Pujara was dropped from the Indian team for his poor form after the South Africa series early this year
- He is likely to return to the Indian team for a one-off Test against England in July
Cheteshwar Pujara is in great form in the County Championship in England. Playing for second division side Sussex, Pujara hit his second double hundred on Saturday. And with this double ton, he reached the triple figures in three consecutive matches.
Resuming his innings on an overnight score of 128 against Durham at Hove, Pujara went on to register the second double ton of his ongoing stint in the county cricket on the third day of the match.
The Indian cricketer gets help from Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan after Sussex lost five wickets for 350 runs. The Indo-Pak duo shared a 150 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. Rizwan scored 79 off 145 balls.
Pujara took 330 balls to complete the double ton. However, just after scoring the double hundred, the Indian was stumped by N Eckersley off Trevaskis.
Pujara, who was dropped from the Sri Lanka home Test series owing to his poor form since 2019, opted for county cricket to get his form back ahead of India’s upcoming one-off Test against England in Birmingham.
With Pujara back in form, it will be difficult for selectors to overlook him. He now has scored three hundreds including a double century in his five innings.
Since he made his debut for Sussex, Pujara had scored 6 and an unbeaten 201 to help his side draw the match against Derbyshire. He then followed it up with 109 in the first innings against Worcestershire. Sussex lost the match by 34 runs. In the second innings, he scored 12.
The veteran batter was dropped from the Indian Test team following the series loss in South Africa earlier this year.
In India’s tour of England last summer, Pujara scored a valiant 91 in the Leeds Test when the rest of the Indian batters struggled to negotiate England pacers. India lost the match by an innings and 76 runs.
However, India would take a 2-1 lead in the series with the fifth Test getting postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fifth Test will now be played from July 1 to 5 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.