Cheteshwar Pujara has been the limelight of Indian cricket team in Test matches. He again proved his presence and importance in the ongoing Test match against Australia in Aledaide. Pujara had scored his 16th Test century and also passed his 5000 plus landmark in the longest format of the game.
While his Indian teammates crumbled around him, Cheteshwar Pujara compiled a patient knock on the opening day of the Australian Test summer in Adelaide. He became the first Indian batsman to reach 50 from 153 deliveries to lead his team from a much-needed fightback from a horror start to the series.
Earlier, in the day, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Kohli’s men lost their first three wickets with a short span scoring just 19 runs on the board. The opening duo didn’t correctly start thing as Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood opened the innings as he departs KL Rahul in the second over of the match.
Later, Josh’s companion Mitchell Starc joined him to dismiss the opener, Murali Vijay. Cheteshwar Pujar was the lone batsman who struggled at the crease to add up runs for the Indian team. In the middle, he got some little support from Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin.
However, in the last session of day one, Cheteshwar Pujara played some attacking shots and along with the tailenders. In the 85th over, Starc was bowling to Pujara, and he took two runs in the third delivery to complete his century. While the others in the top-order batted like millionaires, Pujara took it upon himself to grind. India managed to score 250 runs with the loss of nine wickets at the end of day one.
Here is the Twitter reacted after Cheteshwar Pujara slammed an interesting knock:
Least innings to 5,000 Test runs among Indians:
95 – Sunil Gavaskar
99 – Virender Sehwag
103 – Sachin Tendulkar
105 – Virat Kohli
108 – Rahul Dravid, Cheteshwar Pujara*#INDvAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 6, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 6, 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara has completed 14,000 runs in First Class Cricket today and most likely he will also complete 5,000 runs in Test cricket in this innings.#INDvAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 6, 2018
Wonderful wonderful innings from Cheteshwar Pujara. Classy, resilient, tenacious….all these old-world virtues. This was the gold standard of test match batting.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 6, 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara shows what "intent" is all about. #AUSvIND
— Sandipan Banerjee (@im_sandipan) December 6, 2018
Cheteshwar pujara has got his 16th test hundred 123 (246).
Reached his 5000 test runs with a classy, patience batting play…
— Nishanth (@neokamalian) December 6, 2018
Pujara on 99*.
Flicked the ball through mid-wicket.
He could have completed just one run and taken out the celebration roar, but he did instead is took double.
Selfless cricket by monk of this team.#Respect #CheteshwarPujara #INDvAUS @vikrantgupta73 @BrokenCricket @Cric_beat
— Dr. Richard (@ls3iAG9xukRzJzG) December 6, 2018
What a fine knock from Cheteshwar Pujara as he rescues India from muddy waters. Typical old fashion Test batting from the most underrated Indian batsman. He knew his strengths and worked the ball with guile to get his runs. Fine knock to keep India in the hunt. #AUSvIND
— Gautam chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) December 6, 2018
— Just GK™ (@IamKriSH_009) December 6, 2018
The way Pujara accelerate at last 35 runs certainly a bright chance of getting 300 for India. Then unfortunate runout for him. Still great innings by Cheteshwar Pujara @cheteshwar1 @BCCI #AUSvIND #INDvAUS #ChhodnaMat @SPNSportsIndia
— Prasenjeet Digar (@impdigar) December 6, 2018
Such a sorry looking scorecard. Congrats Cheteshwar Pujara on reaching your 5000 runs milestone and also from all Indians who woke up early this morning to support our team from this part of the world. ? Aapne izzat bachali aaj humari. ? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/QPfgd5cEtE
— YAAAAAAS ?? (@Gracious_Gal) December 6, 2018
As good as anyone else century in Australia! Well done #CheteshwarPujara
— Vimal Kumar (@Vimalwa) December 6, 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara is nothing like the modern day cricketer. In brand value, aesthetic appeal or social media obsession. Which only makes it that much more satisfying when he gets runs when they matter. Top, top knock this. #AusvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) December 6, 2018
— Chintan Buch (@chintanjbuch) December 6, 2018
— ??Telugu Mohan?? (@mohan_telugu) December 6, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 6, 2018
It was a gritty innings from @cheteshwar1 under the circumstances. Congratulations to you on your brilliant century. Looking forward to many more knocks like this in the series. #AUSvIND #FightOfMight pic.twitter.com/MwhPN8BGW3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 6, 2018
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) December 6, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 6, 2018