Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Cheteshwar Pujara Breaks Vijay Merchant’s Record of Most First-Class Double Centuries
Ahead of the upcoming Test season, India Test team’s batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara warmed up in style, slamming a record-breaking double ton in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.
The right-handed batsman, who was India’s highest run-scorer during the last home season, hit his 12th double hundred to better the legendary Vijay Merchant’s tally off 11 to go on top of the list for most double tons in first-class cricket by Indian batsmen. Pujara is also the joint record holder of most triple centuries in first-class cricket by an Indian. He and Ravindra Jadeja have hit three triple hundred each.
List of Indian players with most double tons in first-class cricket:
|Players||No. of double centuries|
The Saurashtra star had a lukewarm start to the ongoing season, managing just 48 runs in the first couple of games against Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir, respectively.
However, the 29-year-old made up for his rare failures with outstanding innings against Jharkhand in a Group B Ranji Trophy game, slamming his 42nd first-class century. Pujara came to the crease early on the first day when Robin Uthappa got dismissed cheaply but batted his team to a position of strength by the end of the day, finishing on unbeaten 125.
He began the proceedings on the second day in the same fashion and reached his 12th first-class double century before being dismissed by Shahbaz Nadeem for 204. Meanwhile, Pujara’s double ton helped Saurashtra to pile up a mammoth 553 for nine. Chirag Jani also scored a century while Prerak Mankad chipped in with a fifty.
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