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Cricket: Against Gloucestershire, Cheteshwar Pujara registered his seventh century for the county club Sussex.

Cheteshwar Pujara / Gloucestershire

Sussex captain Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century-old goal against Gloucestershire on Day 3 of the English County Championship at Bristol City Ground. Gloucestershire won the toss and invited Sussex to strike first. Sussex finished their match on Day 3 with a score of 455/5.

Sussex were 47-1 in the stumps on day 1 after losing to opener Tom Haines (3). Opener Ariol (36) was dismissed on the second day and captain Pujara took the lead for Sussex.

After losing to openers Orr and Tom Haines, Pujara led his own side from the front with Tom Alsop and added 100 to third base. When Alsop was posted for 67, Pujara was assisted by James Coles and the duo worked together to get a good total on the first hits.

However, as India’s Test legend Pujara took the lead with 99*, visitors increased the total number of first hits from 47 to 302. Along with Pujara and Alsop, James Coles was also a force to be reckoned with, scoring a career-high 74 points. Pujara scored at the start of the third day, while Sussex continued the game at 302/4.

It was his seventh century and second of the season in 11 appearances for the Sussex county club. It was also the 58th one-ton inning for the Indian ace batsman.

Sussex 151 total of Pujara when finishing the campaign on Day 3. Pujara’s 151 and Roj Carter’s 74 took Sussex to 455 in the first inning against Gloucestershire.


Pujara surpassed former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer’s record of 57 in first-class cricket this century. The 35-year-old now ranks fourth among the most prolific Indians in the century class. Above Pujara on the list are Sachin Tendulkar (81), Sunil Gavaskar (81), Rahul Dravid (68) and Vijay Hazare (60).

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By Dhruv Pal

A student of Parul University, who loves to follow Cricket, Table Tennis, and Kabaddi.