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Pujara is back to where he belongs, hits 8th ton

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay BhatnagarBy Sanjay Bhatnagar

Published on 11 Oct 2016 8:27 AM GMT

Pujara is back to where he belongs, hits 8th ton
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Indore: The form is temporary but the class is permanent. The cricket adage proves right for Cheteshwar Pujara who after having dropped from the team strikes a purple patch winding up his batting assignment in Indian New Zealand series with unbeaten century, his 8th in his 38th test match.

His ton came on the last day of third and final test match against visiting New Zealand side off 148 balls at a strike rate of over 70 when India required some quick runs to expedite the declaration. So much so that he reached from 50 to The team management must be a happy lot over his current form specially when the hosts are slated to play five test-match series against England starting next month.

Pujara whose class was never under doubt but his recent form has left his critics grumbling more because he had set high standards for himself in the game.

Chetswar scored century in this match after a gruelling wait of 10 matches , He had an aggregate of 373 runs with an average of 74.6 in the series, again a heartening figure for his innumerable fans.

Indian captain Virat Kohli declared the Indian innings immediately after he reached his hundred setting a target of 475 runs for Kiwis in 135 overs.

Also read: IndvsNZ: Pujara’s ton powers India to declare at 216/3

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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