Cheteshwar Pujara, the new brick wall of Indian cricket has had arguably his best season in international cricket. Pujara has now added another feather to his cap of an already astounding year, by breaking Indian opener Gautam Gambhir’s eight-year-old record of scoring most runs in a season for India.
Gautam Gambhir back in 2008/09 season, had scored a stunning 1269 runs in a season. Pujara with another half-century in the first innings of Dharamsala Test though, has now scored 1316 runs in a season. He now sits second behind Australian legend Ricky Ponting, who scored a mammoth 1483 runs in a single season back in 2005-06.
Pujara looked all set for another marathon innings in Dharamsala, solidifying the Indian innings after they lost opener Murali Vijay early. But he was dismissed by the outstanding Nathan Lyon on 57, who took has so far taken 4 wickets in the innings.
Pujara has displayed outstanding form in India’s current long home season, scoring 373 runs in the three-match Test series against New Zealand. He then followed it up with another excellent series, notching up 401 runs in the five-match series against England. He then scored 137 runs in the one-off Test against Bangladesh. He is currently in the midst of an excellent series against Australia, scoring 405 runs, with one innings still to go.
Pujara is considered one of the finest Test players in the world right now and with performances like these, he is doing his reputation no harm.