Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Cheteshwar Pujara wants to open the innings in ODIs 03-04-2014 09:14 PM

    Mumbai: Looking to cement his place in India's one-day cricket team, batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said that he would like to open the innings in the limited overs format. "I would like to bat top of the order. I can't just say that I just would prefer to open...
  • West Zone lifts third consecutive Deodhar Trophy 27-03-2014 11:02 PM

    Visakhapatnam: A clinical all-round performance took West Zone to their third successive Deodhar Trophy as they registered a comprehensive 133-run win over North Zone in the final on Thursday. Riding on Kedar Devdhar's 94 and skipper Cheteshwar Pujara's patient half-century, West Zone posted a challenging 281 for three in 50...
  • Deodhar Trophy: Suryakumar Yadav replaces Abhishek Nayar in West Zone squad 22-03-2014 05:21 PM

    Mumbai: Attacking middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has replaced his Mumbai teammate Abhishek Nayar in the West Zone squad for the Prof D B Deodhar Trophy tournament starting in Vishakapatnam from Sunday. The replacement was necessitated due to an injury sustained by Nayar, according to Mumbai Cricket Association Joint Secretary P...
  • Rahul Dravid backs Pujara to come good in ODIs 14-03-2014 07:45 PM

    Mumbai: Rahul Dravid backed Cheteshwar Pujara, who replaced him at number three in Indian Test team batting order, to come good in the ODIs like he did in his career. "Speaking from my own personal experience and as someone who was being seen (basically) as a Test player, Pujara can...
  • Pujara turns to bowling in nets for ODI selection 11-03-2014 06:24 PM

    New Delhi: As his quest to find a permanent spot in India's One-day side continues, Cheteshwar Pujara has also started bowling in order to fit the bill for ODI selection and said a good showing in IPL could see him on the plane to Australia and New Zealand for next...
  • Has Team India's touring think-tank defied national selectors? 06-03-2014 02:03 PM

    More than two months into 2014 and less than a year from their World Cup title defence, India have beaten just Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The fact that they have conceded the No. 1 ODI rank and No. 2 Test rank to Australia adds insult to injury. But the team isn't...
  • Sunil Gavaskar accuses Team India of 'favouritism' 05-03-2014 01:22 PM

    Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Indian think-tank, accusing the team of 'favouritism', after it refused to give any of the players on the bench a chance in the inconsequential Asia Cup game against Afghanistan at Mirpur on Wednesday. After losing to Sri Lanka and Pakistan, India...
  • Pujara and Aaron slog ahead of marquee match against Pakistan 01-03-2014 03:59 PM

    Mirpur: Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who is yet to play a match in the Asia Cup, on Saturday practiced hard along with pacer Varun Aaron ahead of the must-win clash against Pakistan even as the other members of the team remained in the team hotel. Bowling coach Joe Dawes was...
  • Asia Cup 2014: World champions India begin as underdogs 24-02-2014 04:05 PM

    India are winless in 2014 so far after two embarrassing tours of South Africa and New Zealand, and without the services of MS Dhoni, the ODI champions will have an added void to fill when the 12th Asia Cup begins in Dhaka on Tuesday. Here's how the five teams shape-up...
  • Gujarat Election Commission names cricketer Pujara as brand ambassador 20-02-2014 07:24 PM

    India's middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been appointed as the 'brand ambassador' of the Gujarat state Election Commission. The district authorities had sent a suggestion to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard, Rajkot district collector Rajendra Kumar on Thursday said at Rajkot, adding that the ECI...
  • Asia Cup should be the start of grooming Cheteshwar Pujara for ODIs 20-02-2014 08:26 AM

    Cheteshwar Pujara is arguably India's hottest Test property after the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. And the Indian board has repeatedly given pointers that they want to protect the Saurashtra man from the rigors of limited-overs cricket. But after consecutive series defeats in South Africa and...
  • Virat Kohli rises to career-best 9th in ICC Test rankings 19-02-2014 02:51 PM

    Dubai: India's Virat Kohli has moved up two places to a career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings released Wednesday, breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his career. His rise came following the knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test...
  • Dropped catches delay India's win in New Zealand 16-02-2014 01:48 PM

    India grassed crucial chances to let the chance of winning the second Test in New Zealand on the third day slip out of their hands, though the visitors still remain the favourites to level the series at 1-1. New Zealand won their first couple of sessions in the Test when...
  • Pujara gets Asia Cup call-up, Yuvraj in for World T20 11-02-2014 02:30 PM

    Ishant Sharma's nine-wicket haul in the Auckland Test couldn't undo his poor limited-overs form as the selectors on Tuesday decided to drop the under-performing pacer from both the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 squads, while calling up Cheteshwar Pujara to the ODI fold and giving Yuvraj Singh a fresh lease...
  • Pujara, Ashwin slip in latest ICC rankings after Auckland Test defeat 10-02-2014 12:11 PM

    Dubai: Cheteshwar Pujara and R Ashwin managed to remain the best-placed Indians by keeping their place inside the top-10 of the batting and bowling charts respectively but slipped a rung each in the latest ICC rankings issued on Monday. Pujara was placed sixth in the batting list while Ashwin was...
  • Ind vs NZ, 1st Test Day 4: as it happened 09-02-2014 02:26 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Round-up: A remarkable fightback from Team India saw them end Day 3 at 87 for 1, needing 320 more runs to win the first Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second...
  • Middle-order key as India chase history in Auckland 08-02-2014 04:35 PM

    With two days remaining and 320 more runs to win, India ended day three at 87 for 1 (Shikhar Dhawan 49*, Cheteshwar Pujara 22*). Can the visitors do it? Draw is not an option, either India overhauls the gargantuan target of 407 or succumbs in doing so. India could only...
  • Dhawan, Pujara steady as India need 320 runs more to win first Test 08-02-2014 11:20 AM

    A remarkable fightback from Team India saw them end day three at 87 for 1, needing 320 more runs to win the first Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings to be skittled out for 105 at Auckland on Saturday. India will have...
  • Who can overturn India's winless run in overseas Tests? 05-02-2014 01:01 PM

    The last time India toured New Zealand, they created history - breaking a 40-year jinx to win the series 1-0 after winning the Hamilton Test. But after being blanked 0-4 in the ODI leg of the current tour, the Indians will go into two-Test series as the second-best team -...
  • 1st Test: India's search for first win in 2014 resumes in New Zealand 05-02-2014 08:17 AM

    After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting Thursday at the Eden Park in Auckland. India have not won a Test match on the road since June...
  • As it happened: India vs NZ XI, warm-up match 03-02-2014 01:12 AM

    9:38 a.m. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties as India after tea declared at 313 for 7. R Ashwin fell for 46 while Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 49 as the match ended in a draw. 8:10 a.m. Tea break. Good workout for Rohit (59*) and Rahane (60*). Both...
  • As it happened: Warm-up game, New Zealand XI vs India, Day 1 02-02-2014 02:40 AM

    11 a.m. (IST): Shikhar Dhawan (16*) and Murali Vijay (19*) have safely negotiated the 14-over period before stumps in Whangarei to take India to 41 for 0...
  • Bishan Singh Bedi questions MS Dhoni's cult status 21-01-2014 10:31 PM

    New Delhi: Former India cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi on Tuesday alleged bias in BCCI's remuneration policy and questioned skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's cult status. Bedi said logic defies the difference in salary of some of the cricketers. "Can you compare Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina? If you can't compare, then...
  • India need Pujara, Zaheer in ODIs: Sourav Ganguly 19-01-2014 09:29 PM

    Kolkata: India need Cheteshwar Pujara and Zaheer Khan in their one-day line up, former captain Sourav Ganguly said on Sunday as India began their New Zealand tour with a defeat in Napier. Criticising Ishant's selection, Ganguly felt India leaked too many runs even as they had the "world's best" one-day...
  • New Zealand must prepare green pitches, says Crowe 16-01-2014 05:13 PM

    Napier: The huge gap in their ICC rankings might make India the favourites but former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe feels the Kiwis have a fair chance of winning the up-coming ODI and Test series if they prepare pitches that would assist seamers. India, touring New Zealand for the first...
  • After success in Tests, Pujara looks to cement his spot in ODIs 16-01-2014 03:20 PM

    New Delhi: He has established himself as a Test mainstay in the Indian team and rising batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says he is now working hard to make the one-day squad to realise his dream of playing in the World Cup, which is scheduled next year. "I do like to play...
  • India have by far the best young batsmen: Chappell 13-01-2014 04:31 PM

    New Delhi: Effusive in his praise for the Indian batsmen, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has said that the side is currently producing "by far the best" crop of young talented batsmen. "India is producing by far the best young batsmen currently, and in addition to [Shikhar] Dhawan, [Virat] Kohli,...
  • Youngsters should learn from Rahane, Pujara and Rohit: Wasim Jaffer 06-01-2014 08:30 PM

    Mumbai: Veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer on Monday asked the youngsters to strike a right balance between Twenty20 cricket and the traditional formats of the game for reaping rewards. "If you ask any cricketer, the hardest form is Test cricket because there are no short-cuts. The shorter the game gets, it...
  • Better fitness improved my overall performance: Pujara 06-01-2014 06:38 PM

    Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara, who has climbed to his career-best fifth in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after a fine series in South Africa, on Monday said he had worked very hard on his fitness in the last six months after his knee surgery in 2011. Pujara aggregated 280 runs...
  • Cheteshwar Pujara moves up to fifth in ICC Test rankings 06-01-2014 02:22 PM

    Dubai: India's batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara climbed two places to be at fifth spot, while Virat Kohli slipped a position at number 11 in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday. Pujara, with career-best 851 points, remained the best-placed Indian batsman in the top-10, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stayed...