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.

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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: