India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 16h Test hundred on day one of the Adelaide Test and Twitterati cannot stop appreciating him for this magnificent effort.
India had an awful start to the highly anticipated Test series against Australia. Indian batsmen had a collective brain fade on day one of the first Test as the visitors lost nine wickets for just 250 runs. However, amidst the despair, one batsman stood tall and produced an epic hundred that saved India the blushes.
Batting at number three, Pujara saw off the new ball and then tried to bring India back in the contest by stitching useful partnerships with Rohit Sharma, Pant and Ashwin.
During the epic knock that lasted for 246 balls, the Indian batsman scored 123 runs and produced seven fours and two sixes. Courtesy of his stunning performance, Indian team managed to bat the entire first day and have some score to defend with.
Facing a fierce pace artillery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Patt Cummins, Pujara was the only batsman who looked in control of his innings. He was brilliant against Nathan Lyon as well.
When his fellow team-mates were showcasing the worst shots to get out with, Pujara displayed impeccable patience and temperament.
The Indian cricketer was applauded for his marvellous knock by other cricketers and fans.
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During his epic hundred, the Indian batsman also completed 5000 Test runs and scored his 16th Test hundred. He reached this milestone in his 65th Test.
Pujara’s brilliant innings finally came to an end in the 88th over. A stunning direct hit by Patt Cummins found the Indian batsman short of the crease and Australia finally had some relief.