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As 50th Test beckons, Pujara's career in numbers

August 02, 2017 09:27 IST

As Cheteshwar Pujara plays a landmark Test, Rajneesh Gupta salutes the formnidable batsman's career thus far, in numbers.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara, India's most consistent batsman, will complete a landmark 50 Tests in Colombo, on Thursday, August 3.

After 49 Tests, Pujara has an impressive 3,966 runs at an average of 52, with 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries.

His record against Australia and England is good with 1,000-plus runs against them. South Africa is the only nation when his average dips under the 40-mark.

A comparison of Pujara's home and away record throws an interesting picture: He averages a mighty 63 at home, but outside India his average takes a huge dip to 36, something he will hope to correct with India scheduled to play Tests away from home in the next couple of years.

After 49 Tests, his run tally is fourth among Indian batsmen after Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag at this stage in their careers.

He has a better record than Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman and Virat Kohli at this stage in their careers.

Pujara's Test career, in numbers:

Performance against each country:

 MatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100500
v Australia 12 1,101 204 55.05 48.22 2 6 1
v England 14 1,061 206* 46.13 48.13 4 2 1
v New Zealand 7 649 159 54.08 47.96 2 3 0
v South Africa 8 513 153 39.46 45.07 1 2 0
v Sri Lanka 2 313 153 104.33 52.96 2 0 1
v the West Indies 5 192 113 48.00 44.75 1 0 0
v Bangladesh 1 137 83 137.00 58.29 0 2 0
  49 3,966 206* 52.18 48.17 12 15 3

 Performance in each country:

 MatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100500
in India 30 2,797 206* 63.56 50.51 9 12 1
in Sri Lanka 2 313 153 104.33 52.96 2 0 1
in South Africa 4 311 153 44.42 43.49 1 1 0
in England 5 222 55 22.20 43.52 0 1 1
in Australia 3 201 73 33.50 42.67 0 1 0
in the West Indies 3 62 46 31.00 27.43 0 0 0
in New Zealand 2 60 23 15.00 32.78 0 0 0
Home 30 2,797 206* 63.56 50.51 9 12 1
Away 19 1,169 153 36.53 43.36 3 3 2

 Performance in each series:

SeriesVsInMatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverage100500
2010-2011 Australia India 1 76 72 38.00 0 1 0
2010-2011 South Africa South Africa 2 31 19 10.33 0 0 0
2012 New Zealand India 2 216 159 72.00 1 0 0
2012-2013 England India 4 438 206* 87.60 2 0 0
2012-2013 Australia India 4 419 204 83.80 1 2 0
2013-2014 West Indies India 2 130 113 65.00 1 0 0
2013-2014 South Africa South Africa 2 280 153 70.00 1 1 0
2013-2014 New Zealand New Zealand 2 60 23 15.00 0 0 0
2014 England England 5 222 55 22.20 0 1 1
2014-2015 Australia Australia 3 201 73 33.50 0 1 0
2015 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 145 145* 145.00 1 0 1
2015-2016 South Africa India 4 202 77 33.67 0 1 0
2016 West Indies West Indies 3 62 46 31.00 0 0 0
2016-2017 New Zealand India 3 373 101* 74.60 1 3 0
2016-2017 England India 5 401 124 50.13 2 1 0
2016-2017 Bangladesh Ind 1 137 83 137.00 0 2 0
2016-2017 Australia India 4 405 202 57.86 1 2 1
2017 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 168 153 84.00 1 0 0
Total     49 3,966 206* 52.18 12 15 3

Performance in each calendar year:

The graph shows how Pujara has maintained his consistent form in recent years, twice passing the 800 run mark, in 2013 and 2016.

He has already scored more than 700 runs so far this year.

YearMatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rrate100500
2010 2 105 72 26.25 54.40 0 1 0
2011 1 2 2 2.00 14.28 0 0 0
2012 6 654 206* 81.75 47.94 3 0 0
2013 8 829 204 75.36 56.24 3 3 0
2014 10 483 73 24.15 41.49 0 2 1
2015 5 347 145* 49.57 48.59 1 1 1
2016 11 836 124 55.73 48.43 3 4 0
2017 6 710 202 71.00 44.82 2 4 1

 Performance under each captain:

 MtsRunsHsAvgSR100500
M S Dhoni 26 1,979 206* 47.11 49.03 6 5 1
Virat Kohli 22 1,930 202 60.31 47.76 6 9 1
Ajinkya Rahane 1 57 57 28.50 36.53 0 1 1

 Performance in each innings:

 MatchesRunsHighest ScvoreAverageStrike Rate100500
1st innings 24 1,507 206* 68.50 45.76 6 4 1
2nd innings 24 1,163 204 50.56 47.78 4 4 0
3rd innings 21 859 153 45.21 50.20 2 5 1
4th innings 16 437 82* 36.41 54.96 0 2 1
Team's 1st innings 48 2,670 206* 59.33 46.62 10 8 1
Team's 2nd innings 37 1,296 153 41.80 51.71 2 7 2
                 

Performance in won/lost/drawn Tests:

 MatchesRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100500
Won 28 2,654 206* 63.19 51.52 8 12 2
Lost 10 541 135 27.05 42.19 1 2 1
Drawn 11 771 202 55.07 42.83 3 1 0

 Batting at each position:

 InningsRunsHighest ScoreAverageStrike Rate100500
1st position 1 0 0 0.00 0.00 0 0 1
2nd position 5 348 145* 174.00 62.25 1 2 0
3rd position 71 3,534 206* 52.74 47.72 11 13 2
4th position 1 28 28 28.00 35.44 0 0 0
5th position 1 4 4 4.00 133.33 0 0 0
6th position 4 52 21 13.00 28.10 0 0 0

 Mode of dismissals:

How OutTimes%
caught fielder 26 34.21
caught wicket-keeper 17 22.37
bowled 17 22.37
lbw 11 14.47
run out 4 5.26
stumped 1 1.32

Breakdown of scores:

ScoresOutsNot outs
0 3 0
1-9 12 1
10-19 15 0
20-29 12 0
30-39 5 0
40-49 7 1
50-59 4 1
60-69 1 0
70-79 5 0
80-89 2 1
90-99 1 0
100+ 9 3
TOTAL 76 7

Performance against Pacers/Spinners"

 Balls facedRuns scoredDismissalsAverageStrike Rate
Pacers 4,345 2,016 41 49.17 46.39
Spinners 3,888 1,950 31 62.90 50.15

Pujara's nemesis (Minimum 3 dismissals):

BowlerBalls facedRuns scoredDismissalsAverageStrike Rate
Tim Southee 75 18 3 6.00 24.00
Dale Steyn 206 81 3 27.00 39.32
Nathan Lyon 522 232 7 33.14 44.44
Josh Hazlewood 277 103 3 34.33 37.18
Adil Rashid 174 105 3 35.00 60.34
Stuart Broad 220 113 3 37.66 51.36
James Anderson 402 154 4 38.50 38.30
Ben Stokes 210 119 3 39.66 56.66
Graeme Swann 291 136 3 45.33 46.73

Pujara's favourite bowlers (Minimum average 50)

BowlerBalls facedRuns scoredDismissalsAverageStrike Rate
Stuart O'Keefe 342 117 1 117.00 34.21
Glenn Maxwell 103 82 0 82.00+ 79.61
Peter Siddle 144 79 1 79.00 54.86
Nuwan Pradeep 141 74 1 74.00 52.48
Rangana Herath 166 70 0 70.00+ 42.16
Ish Sodhi 101 65 1 65.00 64.35
Monty Panesar 204 63 1 63.00 30.88
Samit Patel 133 58 0 58.00+ 43.60
Jacques Kallis 89 55 1 55.00 61.79
Pat Cummins 102 54 0 54.00+ 52.94
Vernon Philander 172 53 0 53.00+ 30.81
Trent Boult 200 105 2 52.50 52.50
Shane Shillingford 71 52 1 52.00 73.23
Zafar Ansari 82 52 0 52.00+ 63.41
Mitchell Starc 97 50 1 50.00 51.54

Batting in each block of 10 Tests:

M#InningsRunsAverageHighest Score100s50s0s
1-10 17 813 58.07 206* 3 1 0
11-20 17 930 58.13 204 3 4 0
21-30 18 583 34.29 145* 1 2 2
31-40 16 791 52.73 124 3 3 0
41-49 15 849 60.64 202 2 5 1

Most successful Indian batsmen after first 49 Tests:

PlayerInningsRunsHighest ScoreAverage100s50s0s
Sunil Gavaskar 91 4,713 220 56.11 19 21 6
Rahul Dravid 86 4,046 200* 52.55 9 21 2
Virender Sehwag 81 4,020 309 51.54 12 11 8
Cheteshwar Pujara 83 3,966 206* 52.18 12 15 3
Gautam Gambhir 88 3,734 206 44.99 9 19 5
Virat Kohli 84 3,643 211 46.11 13 12 4
Gundappa Viswanath 90 3,557 145 42.86 6 24 6
Sachin Tendulkar 76 3,350 179 49.26 11 15 4
Murali Vijay 84 3,307 167 39.84 9 14 5
V V S Laxman 82 3,282 281 45.58 6 18 6
Mohinder Amarnath 83 3,241 120 42.64 8 19 11
Rajneesh Gupta
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