Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara clinched a fine century for Nottinghamshire on Friday (May 26) at Trent Bridge.
Nottinghampshire’s choice to supplant James Pattinson (the paceman was a late consideration in Australia’s Champions Trophy-bound squad) with a batsman raised a few eyebrows, yet Pujara eased worries by scoring his 39th five star century to guide his side to 357 for 5 from 96 overs against Gloucestershire toward the finish of the very first moment of the four-day challenge.
Pujara was expelled by Craig Miles for 112 from 206 balls. He struck 14 limits and was included in a urgent 185-run organization with Michael Lumb (117) for the fourth wicket.
With this innings, Pujara’s top notch count went up to 11,962 and the normal moved towards 60 from 147 matches.
Marked for four matches – two against Gloucestershire and one against Glamorgan and Derbyshire, Pujara began his season with only two runs coming against Glamorgan.
Overlooked at the Indian Premier League barters for the third continuous year, the call from Nottinghamshire was a blessing for Pujara with 50-over cricket India’s concentration for the following month. It is his third province after Debyshire and Yorkshire, and he has arrived at the midpoint of all the more then 50 amid both of his past spells – in 2014 and 2015.
Pujara completed India’s residential season with 1316 keeps running at 62.66, which included two centuries against England on their November-December visit. Pujara’s next task for the Indian Test side will come against Sri Lanka in August where the sides will secure horns three Tests.