In the ongoing 2nd Test match against Sri Lanka, which also happens to be Cheteshwar Pujara’s 50th Test, he has made a record which even the great Tendulkar did not. He became only the 4th Indian after Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag to score 4000+ runs in the first 50 Test matches they have played.
Prior to this match, Pujara’s run tally was 3966 runs in 49 Tests. With his 13th century today at SSC, Colombo, Pujara entered the 4000 Test runs club. It is always a good feeling to play well for your country and that too representing at the highest level of cricket and playing 50 Test matches is an exceptional feat. Pujara will surely like to play more for India in whites as there is no stopping to his talent and temperament.
Cheteshwar Pujara now at 4094 runs, has an opportunity to reach 2nd on the list of most runs among Indians in the first 50 Test matches, if he gets more 42 runs in the ongoing Test match. It is obviously difficult to break the no.1 in the list after 50 matches, and that is none other than Sunil Gavaskar, who has scored 4947 runs in his first 50 Tests.
Pujara, after 50 Tests also has the 3rd best average among Indians in the first 50 Test matches. He’s behind Sunil Gavaskar (57.52) and Rahul Dravid (52.34). Maybe, after this match, he might just send Dravid to no.3. His hundred will surely have a good impact on his average.
Pujara also scored his 13th century today, which is also his 2nd consecutive century. After 50 Tests, his century tally stands 3rd in the list among Indians behind Sunil Gavaskar (20) and Virat Kohli (14).
His 7-year career has been on track so far and I hope the future holds even better for a guy like Pujara. Pujara scored 72 on his debut against Australia in Bengaluru, 2010, which India had won by 7 wickets. From then, Pujara has been in and out of the team but once he got his rhythm going, he didn’t look back. Now, it is impossible to see an Indian Test squad without Pujara. He had to fill the big boots of Rahul Dravid, who has served Indian Cricket as an unsung hero. Pujara might not be Dravid, but he is doing his job what is expected of him every time you watch him coming down to bat.
He also expressed his thoughts on twitter regarding his milestone 50th Test.
This is what he tweeted after his 49th Test
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 1, 2017
In the first 50 Test matches, Cheteshwar Pujara’s duck tally of 3* is 2nd lowest after Rahul Dravid who had just 2 in his first 50 Tests.
*- 2nd innings is still left.
Below is the tabular stats of Indian cricketers after their first 50 Tests. Pujara’s numbers are after 49th Test.
Indeed, looking at the stats after the first 50 Tests, Cheteshwar Pujara is on his way to be called as an Indian legend in Test cricket.
We wish him all the best for his bright career with the Indian Cricket Team.