Virat Kohli Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: Twitter

Cheteshwar Pujara, a 34-year-old Test specialist for the India National Cricket Team, has overcome Dilip Vengsarkar to become the 8th-highest run-getter for Team India in Test cricket history.

On Wednesday, December 14, Cheteshwar Pujara reached a significant milestone during the first day of the first Test of the two-match series against the Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh National Cricket Team at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

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Shreyas Iyer, Cheteshwar Pujara
Shreyas Iyer, Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: BCCI

The India National Cricket Team won the toss and decided to start the game by batting first. Shubman Gill and KL Rahul, the Indian openers who batted first, got off to a good start in the game and India was at 41/0 when suddenly Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli were dismissed, reducing India to 48/3.

India was at 85/3 in 26 overs at lunchtime after losing three wickets thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s leadership in the recovery.

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Before Mehidy Hasan Miraz broke the partnership in the 32nd over by dismissing Rishabh Pant, who had struck 46 runs off 45 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes, Pujara and Pant added 64 runs together in 73 balls, with Pant being the aggressor.

Pujara and Pant had a fantastic connection, and in 317 balls with middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, Pujara also put together a magnificent 149-run partnership.

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Cheteshwar Pujara. PC- Getty
Cheteshwar Pujara. PC- Getty

Cheteshwar Pujara looked fantastic out in the middle and played a strong knock before Nurul Hasan fumbled his catch with the score at 12.

In the 85th over, Taijul Islam removed the third batsman for India, which was unfortunate because he would have earned a century. Cheteshwar Pujara helped India gain a commanding lead in the game by scoring 90 runs off 203 balls, including 11 fours.

Dilip Vengsarkar scored 6868 runs in 116 Test matches before Pujara’s 90-run performance in the innings propelled him to the eighth-highest run-scorer spot in Test cricket history for India.

In 97 Tests since his Test debut in 2010, Pujara has scored 6882 runs. The seasoned batter has scored runs at a 44.11 average. In addition, he has scored 34 half-centuries and 18 centuries in Test cricket.

Most Runs For Team India In Test Cricket:

15921 – Sachin Tendulkar

13265 – Rahul Dravid

10122 – Sunil Gavaskar

8781 – VVS Laxman

8503 – Virender Sehwag

8075 – Virat Kohli

7212 – Sourav Ganguly

6882 – Cheteshwar Pujara

6868 – Dilip Vengsarkar

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