Cheteshwar Pujara is a right-handed batsman who plays for Saurashtra in domestic cricket and for the Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL). Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting is a throwback to eras gone by, not so much in technique – he is unusually bottom-handed for someone who pays his bills through Test cricket – as in temperament. He steps down to spinners but keeps the ball along the carpet, he doesn’t tire of scoring runs no matter the opposition or venue. He has a double century in his bag in test cricket. Pujara is a player whose strokeplay is good to watch.

Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to join Derbyshire for the final three County Championship matches this season, annoucned the county on Saturday. The 26-year-old batsman from Rajkot made 81 runs against the Midlands county in a tour game but then tailed off in the following series where India suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of England in a five-Test series. Pujara just made 222 runs at an average of 22.20, his higest score being 55. In the recent Test series Pujara failed to make an impact on the game as India lost the series 3-1.

However, Pujara has a career Test average of just fewer than 50 and he said that he is keen to play as much cricket as possible in England this year and he is looking forward to joining up with Derbyshire at the beginning of September. Pujara expects a good county season with Derbyshire. This would in turn help his international test career also.

Derbyshire are currently seventh in the Second Division of the Championship, two places off the bottom. Pujara will try to play well for Derbyshire and will try to better their position in the league standings.


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