Watch: Pujara's record breaking 201 on Sussex debut
- Cheteshwar Pujara scored 201 runs off 387 balls in his debut for Sussex
- Sussex and Derbyshire played out a draw
- Pujara shared a 351-run partnership with skipper Tom Haines (243) for the third wicket
It took 52 Test innings for Indian veteren Chesteshwar Pujara to bring up his 51st First class hundred. The 34-year-old played an unbeaten 201-run knock off 387 balls on his Sussex debut against Derbyshire at the 2022 County Championship on Sunday. The match ended in a draw.
Pujara shared a 351-run partnership with skipper Tom Haines (243) for the third wicket to help Sussex salvage a draw after they were dismissed for 174 in 56.3 overs in reply to Derbyshire's 505 in the first innings. The India batter and Haines helped their team post 513/3 in 176.1 to close play.
Chesteshwar Pujara's last first class hundred came in January 2020 when he scored 248 against Karnataka. The Saurasthra batter made 1518 runs in the format at an average of 30.36 with 14 fifties in between the two innings. He was dropped from the Indian Test team following the series in South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane, too, was ignored for the home series against Sri Lanka.
Pujara now has 14 first-class double-centuries against his name - most by an Asian player. He surpassed Kumar Sangakkara's tally of 13 double-tons. The 34-year-old's 201 is also the highest individual score on the first-class debut for Sussex. The previous best was recorded by Joe Gatting (152) against Cambridge UCCE in 2009.
Only three players, including Pujara, have scored a double-century in the game between Derbyshire and Sussex. Pakistan's Shan Masood and Haines are the oters.
Chesteshwar Pujara arriveed in time for the first Championship match of the season and is set to remain until at least the end of the RL50 competition (national one-day championship),the club had said while signing him.
The English county season will start on April 7 and Sussex will play their first match from April 14 against Derbyshire. The season continues till September across formats.