India’s silent guardian Cheteshwar Pujara is the country’s Test specialist and continues to pile up heaps of runs in the longest format. The right-handed batsman regularly contributes for his side yet is never able to garner the required accolades owing to his down-to-earth attitude and lack of flashy stroke play.
In an age of fast-paced aggressive limited-overs cricket, Pujara’s heroics in the conventional format largely go ignored. A statistic depicting Pujara’s unwavering consistency in red-ball cricket is the fact he is the highest run-scorer in first-class cricket out of all current players.
Pujara easily eclipses the next-best batsman on the list – Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva. The other batsmen on the distinguished list include Dean Elgar, Dimuth Karunaratne and Joe Denly. Perhaps a similarity of all these batsmen is that their limited overs record is not as impressive in first-class cricket.