India’s former opening batsman Virender Sehwag said Cheteshwar Pujara batted like a sage on the first day of the first Test. Pujara scored his 16th Test century as he batted at the top of his game. The right-hander scored only seven fours and two sixes in his knock of 123 runs. Consequently, he scored 40 runs in boundaries and got the lion’s share of his runs while running between the wickets.

Thus, Pujara sweated it out for his gutsy knock. In fact, the visitors kept losing the wickets at regular intervals. However, Pujara was able to hold one’s end despite losing his partners at the other end. India was able to get to 250-9 with Pujara all but scoring half of the runs.

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Pujara scored his 16th Test hundred in Adelaide. Image Courtesy: Getty

India’s number three batsman got a good support from Ravichandran Ashwin. India had their backs against the wall when they lost the wicket of Rishabh Pant at the score of 127. However, Ashwin and Pujara showed the stomach for the fight as they added 62 runs for the seventh wicket. Ashwin scored 25 runs from 76 balls to give support to Pujara.

Meanwhile, all the other Indian batsmen looked in a hurry. The top order batsmen except Pujara went for the expensive drives without settling into the crease. Therefore, it was a disappointing show from the Indian batsmen.

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Virender Sehwag (Photo by Waseem Gashroo/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Pujara brought his A-game to the table as he batted with aplomb. Meanwhile, Australia would be happier of the two sides as they took nine wickets in the day. In fact, India would also be happy after they made a comeback through Pujara’s knock.

Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Pujara’s innings. Sehwag post read as, “Pujara was like a sage on this first day. Focused, determined and gritty. A knock to remember @cheteshwar1 #IndvAus”.