Picture of Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
India, Derbyshire, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Green, Nottinghamshire, Rest of India, West Zone, Yorkshire, Bangalore, Kolkata, Punjab, India Under-19, Saurashtra, Mumbai A
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
January 25, 1988, Rajkot, Gujarat


Even before he made his international debut for India, Cheteshwar Pujara was touted as a batting genius capable enough of replacing the great batsman Rahul Dravid, and was seen as one of the most promising talents in the country. While most modern Indian cricketers have swashbuckling style of play, Pujara possesses the rare, old-school, Dravid-like temperament and technique.

Pujara was a prolific run-machine in every grade of cricket since childhood and starred in India's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in 2006. After a successful 2007-08 Ranji season, the Saurashtra lad was captured by Kolkata for the inaugural Indian T20 League season in 2008, followed by Bangalore. Two years later, the youngster was already representing India in whites, scoring a gritty 72 off just 89 balls on debut against Australia in a fourth-innings run chase. However, he was unfortunate to miss out an entire year in 2011 due to a knee injury. The youngster is known to have a huge appetite for runs, evident from the number of triple centuries he has to his name at the domestic level. Centuries in the series against the touring English side proved that he was here to stay. Yet to make it as a regular in the ODI side, he managed to grab the selectors' attention with some pretty brisk knocks in List A cricket.

Pujara's strengths are his high levels of concentration and his ability to grind opposition bowlers. He is equally strong on both sides of the wicket and in the T20 age, he refreshingly has a technique suited to the longer format.

Fast Facts

  • Cheteshwar Pujara is the son of former Ranji player Arvind Pujara.
  • He was the highest run-scorer in the 2006 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup with 349 runs coming at an average of 116.
  • Pujara smashed a triple century against Baroda in the U14 level and also made a double ton against the England U19 team.
  • He holds the unique distinction of hitting three triple centuries within a span of one month.
  • In fewer than 50 first-class matches, Pujara scored 14 centuries at an average of 60.



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 49 83 3966 7 52.18 48.17 12 15 206*
ODI 5 5 51 0 10.20 39.23 0 0 27
IPL 30 22 390 3 20.52 99.74 0 1 51
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 49 1 6 2 0 0/2 / - 2.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 36 0 2
IPL 6 0 0


India Vs Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 09, 2010
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 26, 2017
India Vs Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo - Aug 01, 2013
Last played:
India Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Jun 19, 2014
Kolkata Vs Hyderabad at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai - Mar 12, 2010
Last played:
Punjab Vs Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - May 03, 2014