India news January 10, 2013

Pujara completes triple ton on ODI eve

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cheteshwar Pujara, who is part of India's ODI squad, has completed a triple-century for Saurashtra in their ongoing Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Karnataka in Rajkot, on the eve of the first one-dayer against England which is also in the same town. MS Dhoni, however, said it was unlikely that Pujara would play the first ODI.

"It looks very unlikely as of now because we have to see the whole batting line-up, the position he's ideally suited for and all those things," Dhoni said a day ahead of the first ODI. "As of now, it looks very unlikely. Let's see what happens tomorrow. If somebody gets unfit, we'll see."

As the rest of India's one-day squad practised at the SCA Khandheri Stadium, Rajkot's new international venue, Pujara resumed his innings on 261 at the Saurashtra University Ground and went on to reach his 300 off 356 deliveries on the fifth morning. His innings had helped Saurashtra secure their semi-final berth. He was eventually dismissed for 352 as Saurashtra closed made their second highest score in the Ranji Trophy.

"My plan was to get some practice for the ODI. Once I was set, once I scored my hundred I was in a positive mood and our team was safe," Pujara had said after the third day. "Even if I would have got out, we were still safe to qualify."

His inclusion in India's squad for the first three matches against England was his maiden ODI call-up, and it had come at the expense of Virender Sehwag. Pujara was India's best batsman in the Test series against England and was picked in the limited-overs team after India lost the ODI series to Pakistan.

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  • Ramesh on January 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    @harmony111 - this my friend is a cricket, here ppl should be in a team if they are consistent and no place for emotions. Just because he played that one match does not make him a consistent player. He either needs to up his game or left out of the side.

    My anger stems from the fact that he gets so many chances to prove like rohit but never performs and in the process, players who are scoring runs and are in their top prime never get a chance because these losers are bowling loose dollies and giving catch practise to opponent teams.

  • Al on January 11, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Pujara would have been a perfect replacement for an out of form Kohli

  • Sajjid on January 11, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    If you look at the scorecards of 3 out of four Q-Finals you can judge the defensive mentality of the teams, they were not playing for victory, why Saurashtra prolonged their 2nd innings to 5th day the should declare when Pujara completed 250 and give Karnataka a target of around 500 but they play on because they know they are in S-final on 1st inns lead. Same in other two Q-Finals!!!

  • Venkat on January 11, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Ya MSD probably wants only slouches who can work for the opposition...even after getting gobsmacked he still does not see the writing on the wall. Dravid is 100% right in saying that Dhoni quits ODI captaincy....

  • Nish on January 11, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Yuvraj, raina and Jadeja....... all three in the same team and no place for proper batsman like Pujara...

    Its time to go to full time batsmen and bowlers.... you got to be exceptional to be picked up as an all rounder.... not a bits & pieces guy...

    replace Jadeja with Ohja and Raina with Pujara

  • Nish on January 11, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    So Dhoni proved that he is just headstrong and no one is man enough to ask him any questions..... How DARE to say someone in prime form and great technique cannot find a place in a team a full of bits & pieces crickets.....

  • Nish on January 11, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    May sound un-patriotic, but I hope India loses so bad that it registers its all time low score in ODI... for the greater good.... looking at the tours going forward.. all on foreign conditions with bounce and movement......

    Pujara must be in.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    What are youngsters expected to do , when double century and triple century within a week cannot give space in team? Hail Indian selectors!!

  • Srinivas on January 11, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Shame! Real shame this. Pujara has been left out of the first ODI. The same batsmen that failed in the final ODI will thus continue their favourite hobby - causing misery to millions of Indians.

  • satyen on January 11, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    In 2015 WC what is Raina`s role going to be on Aussie pitches? N now with the 2 bouncer an over rule, one shudders!!! On flat pitches he is a giant no doubt but where does that leave us in Australia? But of course, he is Dhoni`s friend and belongs to Srinivasan`s CSK. Pujara walks into the side on merit. Flamboyance is no substitute for pure cricketing talent. Nepotism sadly has become the hallmark of IPL indian cricket. RIP Indian Cricket. May Srini dance on your grave.