Cheteshwar Pujara became only the second Indian batsman after Ravindra Jadeja — and the ninth in the world — to score three triple hundreds in first-class cricket, at the KSCA Stadium here on Friday.
The 25-year-old made an unbeaten 306 over West Indies ‘A’, an innings that put his India ‘A’ side on the path to victory and drew praise all-round.
“Pujara batted exceptionally well yesterday and today. He really applied himself,” the Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar said. “He’s the kind of player that makes it big once he gets in.”
Pujara’s previous first-class triple tons came against Orissa in 2008 and Karnataka earlier this year, both in Rajkot. Friday’s knock was also his sixth triple hundred in all forms of the game, after notching up such scores at the under-14 and under-22 (twice) level.
His appetite for big scores is also borne out by the fact that, among his 22 first-class centuries, eight are double-centuries or better.
“He accelerated perfectly to get to 300,” Nayar said.
“Even with the last pair, he kept the strike and batted superbly to make sure he got those 30 runs. In the dressing room, we know that Pujara can get big runs — hundreds, double hundreds or triple hundreds.”
West Indies ‘A’ off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who dropped Pujara on 198, said: “We fought really hard, but Pujara played a top innings. (We can learn) occupation of the crease, good concentration, and good batting.”