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‘My day is made’ Twitter erupts as Cheteshwar Pujara makes a comeback in the Test team

Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the team earlier this year after a string of failures

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit : Twitter)

India Test veteran Cheteshwar Pujara has made it to the Indian squad for the Test match against England in July this year. Pujara was dropped from the team ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka. The reason for that was his string of failures in the longest format. Recently, he joined Sussex to get some form back in the red-ball cricket.

He scored a plethora of runs which compelled the selection committee to include him in the squad. The right-hander has amassed 720 runs in just five games at a staggering average of 120, including four hundreds and a highest score of 203. Notably, this was his first hundred in the red ball game after January 2019.

At that time, he scored a Test hundred against Australia in the fourth game of the series. Since then, he did come close to the three-figure mark but failed to cross it. Even last year, when he was part of the team on England tour, he came close in the third game of the series.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old has played 95 Tests and has been part of the two back-to-back Test series wins in Australia. The first one was in 2018-19 when the team created history by winning their first-ever series down under. In that series, he was the highest run-getter, with more than 500 runs. The second one was in 2020-21 when the team won the series despite missing big-ticket players.

The right-hander has got 6713 runs in the longest format and is 287 runs away from getting to the 7000 runs. He averages 43.87 in the format which is astonishing given he had a bad year in 2021. The Rajkot player has got 18 hundreds and 32 fifties in his career and the highest score of 206 not out against England in 2012-13 when India hosted the Three Lions.

It will be interesting to see whether he will be able to carry his county form in the Test match.

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