Cheteshwar Pujara made 2 before falling to Marchant de Lange on his debut for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan in an English County Championship game at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday (May 19).
The four-day game started with Steven Mullaney and Jake Libby putting on 30 runs in 16.5 overs for the opening wicket after Nottinghamshire opted to bat first. Timm van der Gugten dismissed Mullaney, and that brought Pujara to the centre.
Pujara opened his account with a single off his fifth ball, against David Llyod, the right-arm medium pacer. His other run came off his ninth ball in the 22nd over of the innings. He faced 12 balls without scoring after that before falling to de Lange, the South African seamer, as Nottinghamshire became 47 for 2 in 25.5 overs. He spent a total of 36 minutes at the crease, during which he had a second-wicket stand of 17 runs with Libby.
Pujara had signed up with Nottinghamshire as the overseas replacement player for James Pattinson, who is now with the Australian team for the Champions Trophy. Pujara’s contract is for four first-class fixtures for the county, with the last one an away match against Gloucestershire that starts on June 9. Pattinson has requested Cricket Australia to allow him to rejoin the county once the Champions Trophy concludes on June 18.
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With three wins in as many matches, Nottinghamshire are currently on the top of the Division 2 table of the County Championship. The club had been relegated to Division 2 last season after finishing at the bottom of the table with one win and nine losses in 16 matches.
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Pujara, who topped the batting charts in India’s recently completed home season with 1316 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 62.66, has earlier played for Derbyshire and Yorkshire in the County Championship in 2014 and 2015 respectively, for a combined tally of 483 runs in seven matches. His highest score for Derbyshire was an unbeaten 100, while his best effort for Yorkshire was 133 not out. He averaged more than 50 in both seasons. He has also played five Tests in England, all in India’s 2014 series, for moderate returns.
“Playing county cricket and sharing the dressing room with the players there is always a wonderful experience,” Pujara had told Wisden India after signing the deal with the county. “I have played in Derby and in Yorkshire in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The ball swings a lot and batting is a challenge in those conditions, but I always love a challenge.”