DateLine: 18th April 2009
Cheteshwar Pujara finished as the Under-19 World Cup's highest scorer with 349 runs at an average of 116. He'd already displayed his hunger for big scores with a triple-century against Baroda at Under-14 level, a 211 against England Under-19, and 145 for Saurashtra in just his second first-class match. In the World Cup, his 97 against West Indies and unbeaten 129 against England - an almost faultless one-day innings - took him to the top of the run-charts, past his big-scoring team-mates Gaurav Dhiman and Rohit Sharma. Pujara's gameplan is simple and he plays within his limitations. One of the top run-getters in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season, Pujara signed for Kolkata Knight Riders in March 2008. In October he was picked for the Challenger Trophy and later scored two triple-hundreds for Saurashtra in an Under-22 tournament. He followed that up with another triple-century against Orissa in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy.