They say comebacks are hard but somehow Cheteshwar Pujara has been making very easy work of the same as he has been riding hard on some newfound form in county cricket as he registered another century for Sussex, this time in the Royal London ODI Cup.
Despite his valiant effort, Sussex would fall short of the finish line by a meager four runs as the remainder of their batting order would collapse in very quick succession with bare minimum means to stay afloat in the midst of some serious heat.
Cheteshwar Pujara continues his song for Sussex
Chasing 311, Pujara would walk out to bat with the score reading 112 for 2 from 21.4 overs. It would be everything but easy for the seasoned Indian campaigner as the ball did its fair bit in the initial stages.
Weathering the early storm, he would soon come out of the closet with the heavy artillery raining explosives on the Warwickshire Bears to derail their campaign. Once Ali Orr departed, it was almost a solo battle from the hard-hitting Pujara who knew it was time to unleash the hammer with very negligible support from the other end.
While wickets tumbled for Sussex at regular intervals, Pujara was graceful in his own sweet way, bringing down the hammer with every loose ball available for whipping. With the equation reading 20 runs needed off 6 balls, Pujara’s fall would eventually snuff out all hopes as Sussex would eventually finish the contest with 4 runs short of the stipulated total.
Pujara went berserk in the 45th over where he took out Liam Norwell for 22 runs, smashing him all over the park, which set the chase perfectly for the following overs. Much to his woes, he would fall to Hannon-Dalby for a well-fought 107 from just 79 balls.
Pujara’s dream runs for Sussex have been a thing of wonder in the cricketing fabric, with scores of 107, 63, 49, 46, 231, and 46 coming in the span of his last ten games played across all formats. He also stitched a crucial 66 against England in the second innings, which felt like a solo war against the mighty hosts.
Twitter was in absolute awe of Pujara who has been in tremendous form for the county giants ever since his incorporation into the side. His slump in Test form for India begged a lot of questions that compelled him to join the county ranks and now he has been an absolutely unstoppable force for Sussex.
Cheteshwar Pujara for Sussex in the Royal London One Day Cup this season.Advertisement
4 Innings : 193 Runs
Average : 64.33
Strike Rate : 111.56
1 50, 1 100
— Roshan Balasubramanian (@Robowski10) August 12, 2022Advertisement
Cheteshwar Pujara played a stunning innings for Sussex yesterday, bringing up his hundred off just 73 balls 💥
Chasing 311, only one of his teammates passed 30. But Pujara stood firm and swung hard, smashing 22 runs off the 45th over. However, his side fell four runs short. pic.twitter.com/vFbwZUzwWwAdvertisement
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) August 13, 2022
22 runs off an over by the one and only Cheteshwar Pujara! Some lovely hits in that.pic.twitter.com/zWTi1Wj54h
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 12, 2022
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) August 12, 2022
— Cric8fanatic🏏 (@cric8fanatic) August 12, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant hundred in Royal London One-Day Cup while chasing. He scored 107 runs from 79 balls including 7 Fours and 2 Sixes and his strike rate 135.44 in this innings. Outstanding innings from Pujara. pic.twitter.com/9Df5sGWnxw
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) August 12, 2022
Here's something you don't see too often – Cheteshwar Pujara smashing 22 runs in an over
He hit a 73-ball ton for Sussex against Warwickshirepic.twitter.com/fdF2QTkPAlAdvertisement
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 12, 2022
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— Sussex Cricket (@SussexCCC) August 12, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara smashed hundred from just 73 balls while chasing 311 runs in RLODC. pic.twitter.com/5SeEtZpffj
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 12, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara smashed 22 runs in an over – 4,2,4,2,6,4.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 12, 2022