Cheteshwar Pujara reaches 20,000 runs and joins elite list of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar


Cheteshwar Pujara has solidified his position among the veterans of Indian domestic cricket, achieving a significant milestone on Sunday by becoming the fourth batsman to surpass 20,000 runs in first-class cricket during Saurashtra’s third-round match in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season against Vidarbha.

At 35 years old, Pujara reached this remarkable feat in 260 matches with an average of 51.96. Preceding him in this achievement are Indian coach Rahul Dravid (23,794 runs at 55.33), the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (25,396 runs at 57.84), and the little master Sunil Gavaskar (25,834 runs at 51.46).

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Known for his prolific run-scoring in Ranji cricket and his crucial role in the middle order for Sussex in county cricket in England, Pujara has also represented India in 103 matches, accumulating 6,103 runs at an average of 43.61.

While Pujara may not be part of the Test squad for the first two matches against England, his consistent run-scoring continues for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. Despite being dropped from the national side after the World Test Championship final against Australia, where Shubman Gill took his place at number three, Pujara remains a stalwart performer, showcasing his enduring prowess with the bat.

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