India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara returns to Emerald Headingley for the first half of the 2018 summer, sharing overseas duties with Kane Williamson.

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.

That means Yorkshire, in 2018, will have three of the world’s top six on their staff in Pujara, Joe Root (three) and Williamson (four).

The 30-year-old from Rajkot has a Test best of 206 not out and a first-class best of 352, and he has regularly drawn comparisons with the great Rahul Dravid.

Pujara has played one-day international cricket for India, but only five times as he is seen as a long-form specialist. He has not played a List A match for any team since 2015.

His father and his uncle both played first-class cricket, and this will be right-handed Cheteshwar’s fourth spell in county cricket. He played three Championship matches for Derbyshire at the end of 2014, four times for Yorkshire in 2015 and eight times for Notts last summer.

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