Having taken up the no. 3 spot in the Indian Test team after the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara has some really big shoes to fill. And while it’s too early to compare the two, the Saurashtra lad sure has had a great start to his Test career.
He reinforced the point on Monday, when during the third day’s play against Australia in Hyderabed he scored his second double ton in international cricket. In the process, he became the second fastest Indian to cross the 1000 mark, behind Vinod Kambli.
Pujara reached 1,000 runs in 18 innings, totaling 1017 at an average of 67.80 including 4 centuries – the second fastest in terms of innings by an Indian player, next only to Vinod Kambli. Kambli, incidentally, did it in 14 innings.
Interestingly, the 25-year-old is equal with legend Sunil Gavaskar in terms of number of Test matches (both got to the 1000 mark in 11 Tests).
Pujara, who made his international debut in the 2010 Bangalore Test against Australia, became the second Indian player after Kambli to register two double hundreds in first eleven Tests.
The cricketer who's affectionately called Chintu, who was out in the middle for 450 minutes, played 341 balls for his 204 and hit 30 boundaries and a six.
Pujara reached his double hundred, when he came down the track to whip Glenn Maxwell through the mid-wicket boundary.
Another Indian reached the 1,000 run landmark – Virat Kohli completed his 1000 runs during his innings of 34. Kohli, playing his 16th Test, has 1032 runs at an average of 41.28 in 27 innings.