Cheteshwar Pujara 7th Indian to celebrate 50th Test with a hundred

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara became the seventh Indian batsman to score a hundred in his 50th Test as India took firm control of the second match against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday.Before him, Polly Umrigar (147* vs England in Kanpur, 1961), Sunil Gavaskar (221 vs England at the Oval, 1979), Gundappa Viswanath (124 vs West Indies in Chennai, 1979),  Kapil Dev (100* vs West Indies at Port of Spain, 1983), VVS Laxman (178 vs Australia in Sydney, 2004) and Virat Kohli (167 vs England in Vizag, 2016) had all made hundreds in their landmark 50th Tests.Pujara has been in outstanding form over the last one year in Test cricket but his real transformation started two years ago in Sri Lanka where he made a strong comeback, hitting an unbeaten 145 in the final Test as India sealed the series 2-1.Highest Test batg ave for IndMin: 1200 runs53.80* Cheteshwar Pujara53.79 Sachin Tendulkar52.64 Rahul Dravid51.12 Sunil Gavaskar#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 3 August 2017The 29-year-old Pujara has not looked back since – seven of his 13 hundreds have come in the last 24 months and he has easily been the pillar of India’s strong batting line-up. The team has been dominant and series wins over New Zealand, England and Australia were highlighted with a few Pujara classics.This was also Pujara’s second hundred of the series – he had scored a sublime 153 in Galle where India won the opening Test by a whopping 304 runs.Pujara has had to really fight hard to keep his place in a side which is studded with aggressive batsmen, who believe in scoring quickly to set up Tests for their bowlers. The Saurashtra lad is an orthodox batsman who believes in taking his time to settle in and grind the opposition down.advertisementBut his presence at No.3 has been invaluable to Kohli’s number one Test side.With the opening combination still far from settled thanks to frequent injuries to Lokesh Rahul, Pujara has been able to hold his own at the crucial No.3 position, scoring runs in difficult conditions and against every kind of attack.In India’s extended home Test season which concluded in March, Pujara played the longest innings by an Indian and became the highest scorer in a season. Besides, he also became the third quickest Indian to reach the 4000-run mark in Tests after Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar.Fewest inns to 13 Test 100s for India68 S Gavaskar81 V Kohli82 S Tendulkar84 Cheteshwar Pujara#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017last_img

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