Cheteshwar Pujara Fails to Impress on Derbyshire Debut

Cheteshwar Pujara managed to score only seven, batting at number four for Derbyshire in the four-day Division Two first-class match against Glamorgan on Wednesday.

Updated: September 10, 2014 22:49 IST
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File pic: Pujara's miseries in England continued, as he failed on his county debut, scoring just seven.

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Cardiff: India top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara failed to impress on his county debut after managing just seven runs for Derbyshire in the four-day Division Two first-class match against Glamorgan, here Wednesday.

Responding to Glamorgan's 282 in the first innings, Derbyshire could only muster 203 in 54.1 overs in the second day's play.

Pujara, who came in to bat at No.4 after Derbyshire had lost both their openers early, tried hard to grind it out in his 26-ball stay but was finally trapped LBW off Glamorgan medium-pacer Jim Allenby, scoring only seven.

After a highly successful start to his Test career at the crucial number three position, Pujara was being touted as the next Rahul Dravid.

The Saurashtra batsman did hit a boundary in his 27-minute stay at the crease but mostly looked suspect on a seaming Sophia Gardens wicket.

Pujara, 25, who was part of the failed Indian batting line-up in the 1-3 Test debacle against England, signed for Derbyshire soon after, for the final three County Championship fixtures.

The Rajkot-born player had accumulated 222 runs at an average of 22.20 in the five Tests with just a single fifty to his credit.

Pujara replaced West Indian great Shivnarine Chanderpaulin the Derbyshire team as its overseas player.

Meanwhile, upcoming Indian pacer Varun Aaron, who signed up with Durham in place of Australian all-rounder John Jastings, is also soon going to join his county side for its remaining fixtures.

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