Watch: Cheteshwar Pujara scores third ton of the series; Twitter lauds

By Chaitanya Laxman

There is no stopping to Cheteshwar Pujara. The Indian batsman continued his dominance against the Aussie bowlers and scored his third century of the series. Courtesy of Pujara’s solid knock India have got off to a great start on day one of the fourth Test.

Pujara: India’s rock at number three

Pujara arrived at the crease after the first over. However, the number three batsman had no difficulties in seeing off the new ball as he nonchalantly continued his batting form.

He scored a valuable hundred run partnership with Mayank Agarwal to set the tone for the visitors and then and looked calm despite Kohli and Rahane getting out cheaply. Pujara then tagged with Hanuma Vihari to ensure that India finished the day on a high note.

The right-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 130 at stumps after facing 250 balls. His sensational innings has 16 fours in it and this is his 18th hundred in Test cricket.

The Indian batsman completed his hundred with boundary scored at square leg with a lovely flick of his wrists. As usual, there were no animated celebrations, just the normal smiles, and joy. Something which has been a trademark of Pujara’s cricket career so far.

Twitter in awe of Pujara

Pujara’s old-school Test match batting has garnered plenty of appreciation and this hundred at Sydney also received a lot of praise.

Cricketers, analysts and fans across the world congratulated the Indian batsman for his Herculean effort and Twitter was full of praise for him.

Pujara: At the peak of his form

With this hundred, Pujara now has three hundreds in this series in Australia and has faced more than 1000 deliveries.

Also, this is the first time Pujara has scored three hundreds in a series. Before him, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Sardesai and Virat Kohli and achieved this rare feat.

Chaitanya Laxman