India’s ace batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is now the 11th Indian batsman to score more than 6000 runs in the game’s purest format. The number 3 batsman reached the feat in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Saurashtra batsman has been exceptionally proficient in Australia with only Virat Kohli, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar having more 50 plus scores Down Under. The right-handed batsman surpassed the 6000-run mark on a crucial day. He tries to script one of India’s historic comebacks in the most extended format. Australia set the Men in Blue a target of 407.
Pujara’s Test career stats and records
Cheteshwar Pujara claimed the record in his 80th Test. Before this match, he had scored 5903 runs at an average of 47.6. The batsman is often known for his patient and traditional batting style. He has also achieved his Test runs at a strike rate of 45.81. The 32-year-old has 18 centuries and 25 fifties. The batsman has also scored three double hundreds, with his highest score being 206.
The batsman has been the team’s rock in recent years. He has been crucial. He is technically brilliant, and because of his unwavering concentration, Pujara is capable of batting for long hours at the crease. Since the year 2010, the 32-year-old is fourth on the elite list when it comes to facing the most balls in an innings.
Shockingly, Cheteshwar Pujara’s rate of scoring has become slower as his Test career is progressing. The batsman took just 18 innings to reach his first 1000 runs. However, he required 134 innings to notch up his latest 6000 runs. Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Azharuddin, Gundappa Viswanath and Dilip Vengsarkar, are the other five Indian batsmen who have scored 6,000 runs in the red-ball format.
Twitter compares Pujara to Dravid after his milestone
Members of the cricket fraternity complimented Cheteshwar Pujara for reaching the milestone. Several fans also mentioned how it is poetic that Pujara has scored 6000 Test runs on Rahul Dravid’s birthday. The batsman is often compared to Rahul Dravid in the purest format of the game. Others called him India’s “New Wall” as they celebrated Pujara’s fortitude.