Arjun Bhalla ∙ Dec 14 2022, 3:50 PM | 2 Min Read

Cheteshwar Pujara eclipses Dilip Vengsarkar, becomes India's 8th highest Test run-getter


India's Test number three batter, Cheteshwar Pujara has started to play with a bit aggressive approach since the rescheduled fifth Test match against England earlier in the year. 

Prior to the England Test, Pujara was about to get dropped from the Indian squad but an astonishing stint in County cricket helped him retain his place. And since then, Pujara has scored two fifties in three outings. 

During his sensational knock against Bangladesh, where he scored 90, the Saurashtra batter surpassed former Indian captain, Dilip Vengsarkar to become the eighth-highest run-getter for India in the longest format.

In 96 Test matches, Pujara has scored over 6800 runs at an enthralling average of 43.81 with 18 Test centuries to his name and a personal best of 206 not out.

The 34-year-old got the opportunity to play for India after breaking milepost after milepost in domestic circles. He made his Test debut back in 2010 - and after the retirement of players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman; he made himself a regular in the Test lineup. 

The Indian number three, now, is just behind Tendulkar, Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Laxman, Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly in terms of most Test runs for India. 

At the time of writing, Shreyas Iyer is batting at 79 with Axar Patel the new batter in as the Indian total reads 261/5 after 85 overs.

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