Pujara no.7 in Test batting rankings
Cheteshwar Pujara’s solid batting in the Delhi Test has seen rise to an all time personal best of no. 7 in the ICC Test batting championship rankings.
Pujara’s double hundred in the Hyderabad Test had earlier seen him jump 12 places to no.11 and even briefly spent time on no. 10 on the frequently changing rankings. The rankings are updated every week, accounting for performances big and small from every corner of the cricketing world.
Like his predecessor Rahul Dravid, Pujara opened the batting for India in the fourth Test after Shikhar Dhawan had to sit out with an injury. On the trickiest pitch of the series which was crumbling and producing inconsistent bounce from Day 1, he made a crucial 52 in the first innings and a priceless 82* in the second innings and also featured in the two biggest partnerships of the game with Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli.
His 82* in the second innings was stunning because of the complete calm, ease and command he showed on a deteriorated wicket, taking India through a very tricky chase in remarkably short time. India went on to wrap up the match in three days, a comprehensive 6 wicket win to wrap up their first ever 4-0 whitewash of any Test nation.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was impressed enough to say “He has made 134 runs — 52 and 82 not out — on a difficult spinning track. For me, the man of the match is Pujara,”
Rahul Dravid too was full of praise when asked about Pujara in a recent interaction, tipping him to make an impact in One Day cricket as well. "He's had a great start to his international career, in fact a much better start than I did," Dravid said. "I think he has been brought up in the old school of batsmanship. He is developing more shots and he approaches Test cricket in the same way as I did.
"He's got some good basics in place," Dravid said. "You can see that he is constantly improving and he is someone who will find answers to questions. He is going to have his ups and downs and face a lot of challenges adapting to different forms of the game and conditions. With his attitude and the way he is going about playing his cricket, I think he will find answers to a lot of these questions and one of them will be one-day cricket."