Pujara hits third successive hundred in County Championship

It follows his 184-ball 101 against Worcestershire and an unbeaten double against Derbyshire. Pujara became only the second Indian to score a double-century in the County Championship.

Published : Apr 29, 2022 20:57 IST

Cheteshwar Pujara, playing for Sussex, scored a third successive hundred in the County Championship Division 2.
Cheteshwar Pujara, playing for Sussex, scored a third successive hundred in the County Championship Division 2.
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Cheteshwar Pujara, playing for Sussex, scored a third successive hundred in the County Championship Division 2.

Cheteshwar Pujara, playing for Sussex, scored a third successive hundred in the County Championship Div 2 in the match against Durham at Hove on Friday.

He reached the three-figure mark off 162 balls. He was 128 not out with 16 fours when bad light brought play to an end with 13 overs still remaining. Sussex was 362 for 5, and led by 139 runs.

It follows his 184-ball 101 against Worcestershire on Day 3 of a County Championship, Division 2 game. He was eventually dismissed for a 206-ball 109.

 

He had earlier scored an unbeaten double against Derbyshire. Pujara became only the second Indian to score a double-century in the County Championship. Mohammad Azharuddin was the first, having scored 212 against Leicestershire in 1991 and 205 against Durham in 1994, both for Derbyshire.

 

The veteran batter has been suffering a lean patch of late. While his last international century came against Australia in January 2019 in Sydney, he managed just 124 runs in six innings in his most recent Test series against South Africa with an average of 20.66.

His poor form led to his exclusion from India's Test squad for the Sri Lanka series. He has been averaging 26.29 since the beginning of 2020 in the longest format.

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