After this morning’s news that Chesteshwara Pujara, the India middle-order batsman, had signed a deal with the Club for the 2018 season, we take a look at how people reacted across social media.

One of the first to react was First XI coach Andrew Gale, who was clearly delighted with his return to Emerald Headingley. A calm character, who is here for his runs, Gale will be hoping for the Club’s latest recruit to bat for hours and hours during the early stages of the 2018 season.

Cheteshwar, or Steve as he is known in the White Rose dressing room, has a reputation for scoring big hundreds and is currently ranked by the ICC as the sixth best Test batsman in the world.

Steve clearly left a lasting impression during his early season stint in 2015.

  • From Jack Leaning: “Been awesome to play with @cheteshwar1 for the first few games of the season, top bloke. Safe travels Stevie lad!”
  • From Will Rhodes: “Witnessed a masterclass from Steve Pujara yesterday!!”.
  • From Jack Brooks: “The nicest man in cricket ‘Steve’ @cheteshwar1”.
  • From Tim Bresnan: “Had a great time playing with @cheteshwar1 for the first month of the season. Go well master. Hope to catch you soon.”

And Jack Brooks is seems to be looking forward to his arrival ahead of the 2018 season too.

Yorkshire, in 2018, will have three of the world’s top six on their staff in Pujara, Joe Root (three) and Williamson (four). Something the White Rose faithful were quick to point out.

Yorkshire have continued to delve into the minefield that surrounds trying to bring the world’s best talent to Emerald Headingley as the club’s overseas players.

The county have been frustrated on numerous occasions in recent years with unforeseen availability problems, but on this occasion – and as local cricket correspondent Chris Waters points out – the Club appear to have had more success this off-season.

This isn’t the first time Pujara has represented Yorkshire. He played four matches for the White Rose in 2015 and scored 264 runs at an average of 53.98.

  • versus Worcestershire: 0
  • versus Nottinghamshire: 57
  • versus Warwickshire: 23 and 33
  • versus Hampshire: 18 and 133 not out
  • Batting average: 52.8

Chairman Steve Denison, who is a prolific social media user, was ecstatic with the Club’s second overseas recruit.

At the time of writing the Club’s original tweet had attracted 63,082 impressions and 10,152 engagements on Twitter (270 retweets, 1210 likes). Just short of 500 people reacted to the ‘Breaking News’ post on Facebook, with 980 likes on the official Instagram account.

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