The third day of the second test between India and Australia in Hyderabad saw an ecstatic Pujara celebrate his second double ton in his international cricketing career.
He also became the second fastest Indian to cross the 1000 mark, first being Vinod Kambli.
Pujara reached 1000 Test runs, (1017 runs, avg of 67.80, 4 centuries, 11 matches, 18 innings). He is the second fastest Indian to reach the landmark in terms of innings. Only Vinod Kambli, who did it in 14 innings, was faster. In terms of Tests, he is equal with Sunil Gavaskar (11 Tests).
Cheteshwar Pujara got an opportunity to showcase his talents at the international level in the Bangalore Test against Australia in 2010.
He became only the fifth Indian to score 50 or more in the fourth innings on debut.
Then, after being out for much of 2011 with a knee injury, he returned to Test cricket by scoring a century at No 3 against New Zealand in Hyderabad in August 2012.
That was followed by a double-hundred and a hundred in successive Tests against England.
His consistent performance suggested that he was a sure shot replacement of Dravid at No 3.
Full name: Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara
Born: January 25, 1988, Rajkot, Gujarat
Age 25 years
Major teams: India, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Saurashtra, Saurashtra Under-16s, Saurashtra Under-19s
Playing role: Batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak
The third day of the second test which concluded the 370-run partnership ensured that a lot of other records were also broken:
* When the partnership reached 345, it became India’s highest second wicket partnership in Tests, beating 344* between Gavaskar & Vengsarkar vs West Indies in 1978-79.
* R Vijay (167) now has the highest score by a Tamil Nadu batsman in Tests. The previous best was 143 by S Ramesh vs Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1998.
* Sachin Tendulkar had to wait for 109.4 overs – the most overs he had to wait with his pads on.
Interesting fact: Cheteshwar Pujara also holds a world record for the fifth-wicket partnership in any form of the game as he, along with his 2006 under-19 World Cup team mate Ravinder Jadeja, compiled an unbeaten partnership of 520, scratching Mark and Steve Waugh's names off the books, in the 2008 Ranji Trophy match against Orissa at Rajkot.