Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara is a professional batsman who represents the India cricket team. Some of the major teams that he has been a part of include India A, India Green, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Saurashtra and many others. At present, he has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore team to play for the IPL 5 season 2012.
Pujara belongs to family of cricketers, where Shivlal Pujara, his grandfather, represented Dhrangadhra. Arvind Pujara, his father and Bipin, his uncle played first class cricket for Saurashtra team.
In 2005, the inaugural Afro-Asia Under-19 cup was won by India and Cheteshwar Pujara was a part of this team. He participated in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2006 at Sri Lanka and was honored as Man of the Tournament. In this World Cup, he was the highest scorer in the tournament and he accrued 349 runs at a batting average of 116.33. In this tournament, he scored 129 against England and 97 against West Indies.
In the past, Pujara concentrated on leg spin bowling, but his father recommended to focus more on batting, as he was better with the bat. In the 2000-01 season, while playing against Baroda, he scored an unbeaten 306 and this was a national record. In his 2nd first class match against Goa, he accumulated 145 runs and while playing against England Under-19, he piled up 211 runs.
On 4th April 2007, he debuted in Twenty20 cricket for Saurashtra team. In March 2008, Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL franchisee, signed him.
Cheteshwar Pujara has participated in 25 Twenty20 matches and 61 first class matches. In these he has gathered 304 and 4387 runs respectively. He has hit 14 centuries and 18 half centuries in first class cricket.