Cheteshwar Pujara is in sublime form as he smashed his 3rd double ton in his only 7th game in the County Championship, this time against Middlesex Club.
The veteran Indian batter was in splendid touch for Sussex for which he made a comeback in the Indian Test team after getting dropped in the Sri Lanka test series.
But as they say, form is temporary, class is permanent, Pujara showed his class for his county team again. He previously scored two double tons against Derbyshire and Durham each. Without this, he also had a century against Worcestershire.
Pujara becomes the first Sussex player to achieve this feat after 118 years. Currently, he is the third leading run scorer in this tournament.
In this match, Pujara will also get an added pleasure after scoring the double century as he is the captain of Sussex in this match as regular captain Tom Haines sustained an injury that ruled him out for 5-6 weeks.
The team was in trouble when he came to bat as they lost two wickets before crossing the hundred runs mark. Pujara joined hands with Tom Alsop at the crease and the pair stitched a magnificent 219-run stand for the third wicket. Though Tom got out on his individual 135 runs, Pujara kept going and reached the milestone in 368 deliveries. At last, he got out after his marathon innings of 231 runs.
Pujara achieved another feat in this match as he became the first Indian cricketer to score a double hundred in county cricket while captaining a side. Social media has cordially acknowledged Pujara’s fighting innings and Indian fans will certainly hope to see this kind of innings from Pujara in the Indian jersey.