India A vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara becomes 2nd Indian to score 3 triple centuries in first class cricket

FILE PHOTO: Cheteshwar Pujara became the 2nd Indian and 9th batsman overall to score 3 triple centuries in first class cricket

India A captain Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 3rd triple century in first class cricket today against West Indies A in Hubli, Karnataka, becoming only the 2nd Indian after Ravindra Jadeja to cross the 300-run mark in first-class cricket thrice.

India A is playing the 3rd and final unofficial Test of the series against the touring West Indies A side. On the penultimate day of the 4-day match, Pujara had slammed 306 runs off 415 deliveries with 33 fours until the latest reports came in. At tea, India A had reached 564/9 after 150 overs, in reply to the visitors’ first innings score of 268.

Gautam Gambhir made a century yesterday but was dismissed for 123.

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Pujara has now become the 9th batsman in the world to have scored three triple hundreds in first class cricket, joining the list which has some elite names in it – WG Grace, Bill Ponsford, Sir Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Graeme Hick, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey and Ravindra Jadeja.

His previous triple centuries came against Orissa (302*) and Karnataka (352) in 2008/09 and 2012/13 Ranji Trophy season respectively.

As a skipper, he was under pressure lately to score and his indifferent form had raised a few eyebrows after he failed to score a half-century in the ongoing series.

Prior to the match, he wasn’t too worried about his form and was positive going into the 3rd unofficial Test.

“I didn’t perform to what I have been expected and what I personally feel that I should have done for the team,” Pujara said. “But you learn from your failures, and it’s good that I am failing before the Test matches so that I have got enough time to prepare. There is another game, so I am looking forward to this game. I am working hard in the nets, and I hope that I will be able to perform in the crucial game.”

Trailing 1-0 against the visitors, the pressure was on the captain to come up trumps and this innings signals the return to form at the perfect time for the current No. 3 for India in Tests.

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