Birthday Special: Cheteshwar Pujara lost his mother when he was just 17

Cheteshwar Pujara is celebrating his 30th birthday today i.e. on January 25. Pujara, one of the few established classic Test cricketers left in the current world of Test cricket, is the backbone of the Indian Test team. Pujara has replenished the important place of former cricketer Rahul Dravid, popularly known as The Wall. In the same sequence, Pujara, who has been betting in the same style, has come to be called India's new wall. Pujara has pulled the Indian team out of difficult situations many times with his superb classic and reliable betting. Cheteshwar Pujara was born on January 25, 1988, in Rajkot, Gujarat.

Pujara's father Arvind Pujara has played the Ranji trophy for Saurashtra. Cheteshwar's uncle Bipin Pujara has also played Ranji Trophy for Saurashtra. Recognizing Pujara's talent, his father Arvind Pujara, and his mother Reema motivated him to play cricket since childhood. Pujara got his initial coaching in cricket from his father. Pujara's mother died when he was just 17.

Cheteshwar Pujara played his first Test against Australia in Bengaluru in 2010. On February 13, 2013, Pujara married his friend Pooja Pabri. Pujara has so far scored 4,495 runs in 57 Tests at an average of 51.08. He played his Test career-best 206 against England in Ahmedabad. Pujara has 14 centuries and 17 half-centuries in Test cricket.

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