Instead of worrying about the Indian team’s preparations for the Asia Cup and the selection issues that came with it, experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara maintained his brilliant play in the current Royal London One-Day Cup by scoring his third century in five games for Sussex. With the century, the Sussex captain moved into second place overall in the world of cricket, surpassing former India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Babar Azam on an elusive list.

In the current competition, Pujara once again displayed his power-hitting skills by smashing a century in only 75 balls on his way to an innings of 132 runs in 90 balls that included 20 boundaries and two sixes. In their Group A match at Hove, Sussex, and Middlesex scored 400 for 4 in 50 overs thanks to the knock and opener Tom Alsop’s unbeaten 189.

With the outstanding performance, Pujara surpassed Kohli and Babar to earn the second-highest batting average in List A cricket among players with at least 100 innings played. Pujara’s career average of 57.48 in 109 innings is just slightly worse than that of the legendary Australian batsman Michael Bevan (57.86 in 385 innings). Babar is in second place with a 56.56 average over 153 innings, followed by Kohli with a 56.60 average over 286 innings.

The hit also enabled Pujara to finish the tournament with a total of 614 runs for Sussex in eight innings, including three hundred. His knocks were as follows: 9, 16, 63, 7, 14, 107, 79, 174, 68, 66, and 132. (90). He is currently just the second hitter this season to score more than 500 runs.

Before his remarkable performance in the Royal London One-Day Cup, Pujara had a sensational red-ball season with the team in County Championship Division Two, scoring an incredible 1094 runs in 13 innings at an amazing average of 109.40. The total includes five centuries and three double hundreds.