Sussex batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored his third double century this season, his fifth century overall, against Middlesex to help Sussex win the LV= Insurance County Championship.
During his five innings, Pujara faced 399 balls and hit 21 fours and three sixes. He became the first player in Sussex’s 118 years to score double centuries in a season. The last batter to achieve 200 at the home of cricket was Colonel H.H. Shri Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji II.
The 34-year-old earned Sussex a total of 523 runs after he was asked to perform the first bat. Teammate Umesh Yadav returned with figures of 0/70 from 29 overs for Middlesex.
In the absence of Tom Haines, Pujara played as captain. He was joined by Tom Alsop, who added 119 runs for the third wicket. Both of them received a third-wicket partnership of 219 before Tom Help stuck late by dismissing Alsop and Archie Lenham in the space of four balls. After Alsop was dismissed, Sussex began losing wickets until Pujara stood in the centre.
"Cheteshwar Pujara has been named interim captain for Sussex following the news that Tom Haines will be out for around 5-6 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand whilst batting against Leicestershire last week," said Sussex in a statement.
Shortly after, he completed his third century, playing many great shots on the field. He has scored 231 runs for his team, with an average of 138.00.
Over the course of 10 innings against Middlesex, Pujara scored 6, 201, 109, 12, 203, 16, 170, 3, 46, and 100 runs.