The young and talented cricketer in the Indian team, Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara was born on the 25th of January, 1988 in Rajkot, Gujarat. His father AS Pujara and his uncle is BS Pujara. Coming from a family of cricketers it is not surprise seeing all Pujara’s success in his young age. Pujara’s Grandfather Shivlal Pujara played for Dhrangadhra while his dad and uncle played for Saurashtra extraordinarily. Pujara did his schooling in Virani School in Rajkot. Pujara not only excelled in cricket but he also shined in his studies which was clearly shown when he finished his SSC (10th STD) with First Class.
Pujara played in the Afro-Asia Under-19 Cup in the year 2005 and India won in that match. He then played in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka in the year 2006. That match presented Pujara to the world as a successful player in young age and he got the Man of the Tournament Trophy. Pujara put 349 runs on his scoreboard at an average of 116.33 runs in the tournament and he topped as the highest run getter in the tournament.
Cheteshwar Pujara was guided well by his father and Pujara grew his talent by practicing at the railway ground in Rajkot. In his younger age he thought of becoming a leg spin bowler and focused on it but his talent grew more towards playing with the bat. Pujara started his cricket carrier by playing for Saurashtra at the junior level. He proved his talent to the world by scoring a triple century, an unbeaten 306, in the year 200-01 season against Baroda and it was a national record. His hunger for cricket did not stop with this; he then scored 211 against England in the Under-19 and 145 against Goa in his second First-class match.
His debut in Twenty20 for Saurashtra against Maharashtra was on the 4th of April, 2007 in Mumbai. All his fame and talent has made him a part of Kolkata Knight Riders team in March 2008. In the same year, on December 2008 Pujara was awarded D-grade national cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket.
Pujara’s Test Debut was in the year 2010. He was selected for the Indian squad for home test series against Australia. Since Yuvraj Singh was struggling with form issues, Pujara was a replacement for him. Pujara made his debut in the second test of the series on October 9th in 2010 at Bangalore. Both Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman were down with injuries which stopped them from playing in the second test. Even though in the first innings he was not able to score with his bat very well, Pujara took two catches in that match. In the second innings Pujara played well and scored 72runs and also Pujara moved up to number three in place of Rahul Dravid which helped to win this match.
In 2011, Pujara was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in auction but then Pujara’s injuries kept him away from cricket till the end on 2011. But seeing his constant success in cricket he was awarded C-grade in October 2011, by the BCCI.
The year 2012 turned out to be a lucky year for Pujara. He came back with a first International Test Century on the 23rd of August, 2012 against New Zealand in Hyderabad. He then marked his highest score in Test with his maiden double century against England in the first test on November 16th, 2012 at Ahmedabad. This was an amazing achievement on getting a double century in just his 6th test match. Pujara nicknamed ‘Chintu’, with all his success has now started his game and is waiting to hit more records in the near future along with all the young players in Indian Team.