Different players celebrate in different ways when they get called up to India’s ODI team.
But Cheteshwar Pujara’s celebration has got to be the most unique. He has just smashed a triple-century in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Karnataka — just one day ahead of the first ODI against England and that surely will make him a pick for the playing XI? Or will it?
He scored 352 off 427 balls before being bowled by K Gowtham. His innings consisted of 49 fours and one six. His strike-rate? An amazing 82.44. Saurashtra scored 718-9 before the umpires called off the game.
The Saurashtra lad has been picked in place of misfiring Virender Sehwag and seems to have warmed up for it in the perfect way. He was not out on 261 at the end of day four in a match which saw Saurashtra enter the semifinals.
They have never made a Ranji final and will have to do without Pujara if they want to advance past the semis.
Pujara, who is poised to make his ODI debut with his latest performance, has already scored 761 runs in nine Tests for India — including three centuries and one fifty.
And if he keeps going like this, then expect him to make a fine start to his ODI career.
Meanwhile the BCCI has announced the semi-final matches. Saurashtra will take on Punjab in Rajkot while Mumbai will play Services in Delhi.
Saurashtra 469 and 718 for 9 (Cheteshwar Pujara 352, Sheldon Jackson 117, Gowtham 4-206) against Karnataka 396.
Mumbai 645/9 declared declared and 295/6 (Kaustubh Pawar 115 Hiken Shah 79). Baroda: 271 all out and 137/3 (Waghmode 60)
Punjab 699/3 (Taruwar Kohli 300*, Jiwanjot 131, Uday Kaul 113*, Mandeep Singh 96). Jharkhand 401 (Jaggi 132, Nemat 100, Ladda 4/118) and 33/0.