Date of Birth: 25 January 1988 Rajkot, India
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut: 19 May 2017 v Glamorgan (a)
Cheteshwar Pujara became the first current Indian international to represent Nottinghamshire when he made his debut for the county this season.
The 29-year old right-handed batsman has become one of the hottest properties in world cricket after scoring almost 4,000 runs in his first 48 Test matches.
‘Pujji’, as he likes to be known, made his international debut against Australia at Bangalore in 2010 but had to wait until his fourth appearance, against New Zealand in 2012, before rattling off the first of his 11 centuries at that level with a score of 159 at Hyderabad.
In 2013, at the age of 25, he became only the ninth player to record three triple hundreds in first class cricket, scoring them all within a few months of each other, two for Saurashtra and one for India A.
Two short stints in county cricket, for Derbyshire (2014) and Yorkshire (2015) have given Pujara a taste for county cricket and when he was over-looked for India’s Champions Trophy squad he was happy to put pen to paper and bring his immense talents to Nottingham.