Wishes Galore For The 'Immovable Force' Cheteshwar Pujara On His 33rd Birthday
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Wishes Galore For The ‘Immovable Force’ Cheteshwar Pujara On His 33rd Birthday

Cheteshwar Pujara, Australia vs India 2018-19
Cheteshwar Pujara.(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Resilience. Toughness. Grit. Character. ‘Over my dead body’ attitude. Patience (loads of it). Tough as nails. Ruthless. Aggressive in his own way.

I can write a million adjectives but they still wouldn’t justify the character of a man who is celebrating his 33rd birthday today, Cheteshwar Pujara.

Having made his Test debut against Australia 11 years ago, Cheteshwar Pujara has impinged himself a modern-day rock of Indian cricket. A guy who is prepared to guts it out in the middle for long periods of time; a guy who it feels like is meditating on the field with a bat in his hand; a guy who is prepared to take blows after blows for his team; a guy who is prepared to look ugly without a care in the world with a single objective of tiring out the bowlers and making life easy for his fellow batsmen.

In an era dominated by rappers, Cheteshwar Pujara is a classical singer, one of the last survivors of the dying breed. He makes us realize the importance of batting in Test cricket in a certain way, and the recently concluded Test against Australia in Brisbane is a perfect testimony of that.

When 10 men battled for victory, Pujara ensured that India did not lose the game as he took blows after blows after blows to carve out a 211-ball 56 to what was a baptism with fire of the highest order.

No Indian batsman has ever faced more than 500 balls in a Test innings than Pujara. The right-hander is the only Indian No.3 after his predecessor Rahul Dravid to score more than 5000 runs in Test match cricket.

But more than the runs, Cheteshwar Pujara will always be remembered for his stellar contributions in helping India script two of its greatest-ever triumphs in Test cricket- the twin Test series wins in Australia.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Shane Warne
Cheteshwar Pujara [Image Credit: Twitter]
While he was the leading run-scorer (521 runs in 7 innings with three hundreds) in the 2018/19 rubber, one that India won by a margin of 2-1, he was the glue that held the fledgling Indian batting together in two back-to-back fourth innings marathon in 2020/21.

Overall, the Rajkot rock has thus far played 81 Tests in which he has faced 13572 deliveries for his 6111 runs which also includes 18 hundreds and three double-tons.

Also Read: Cheteshwar Pujara Was Ready To Take Those Blows, He Played His Role Sensationally – Shardul Thakur

Here’s how former and current cricketers wished Cheteshwar Pujara on his birthday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yash Mittal

Just a student of this beautiful game called cricket. Writer. Storyteller.