Cheteshwar Pujara 100 Test: India’s Test number 3 plays his 100th Test today
Updated on: Feb 17, 2023 10:16 am IST
Cheteshwar Pujara 100 Test: India’s Test no 3 has achieved a milestone every Test player craves for. The old school right-hander is now appearing in his 100th Test. The Delhi Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy will be Pujara’s 100th Test of the career, something he should be proud of. Before taking the field today in the second Test of Border Gavaskar Trophy, team India gave Pujara a much-deserved guard of honor.
A guard of honour and a warm welcome for Cheteshwar Pujara on his 1⃣0⃣0⃣th Test 😃👌#TeamIndia #INDvAUS #CheteshwarPujara pic.twitter.com/d3lYEMjADP
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Cheteshwar Pujara 100 Test
Before the start of the Test match, one of India’s legendary batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar awarded Pujara with his 100th Test cap. On this jubilant occasion, Pujara’s family was also present at the ground.
Here’s what Pujara had to say after receiving his 100th cap,
“It is an honour to receive this cap from you, legends like you have inspired me (On getting the cap from Sunny G). I wanted to play for India as a youngster but I never thought I’d get to 100 Test matches. Test cricket is the ultimate format for me, it challenges you just like life. To all the youngsters, I’d encourage y’all to work hard to play Test cricket for India. I’d like to thank my wife, my family, everyone in BCCI and all my teammates who’ve supported me throughout this journey.”
#INDvAUS | 2nd Test | LIVE UPDATES: Golden words from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar as he felicitates Cheteshwar #Pujara on his landmark 100th Test 👏🏻
(🎥: BCCI)#INDvsAUS | #AUSvIND | #AUSvsIND | #BGT2023 | #CheteshwarPujara pic.twitter.com/FCmzdGlDfX
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Pujara’s Test debut
It’s a rare occasion for Pujara to play his 100th Test against Australia which happens to be the same opponent against whom he made his Test debut in 2019. Pujara’s Test debut came against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on October 9, 2010, as he replaced an injured VVS Laxman in the eleven. Batting at no 3, Pujara scored a crucial 76 in the second innings to help India wrap up the Test match.
Talking about his Test record, in 169 innings, Pujara has scored 7021 runs at an average of 44.16 with a highest score of 206 against Australia in Ranchi. He has 19 hundreds, 3 double hundreds and 34 fifties against his name.