One of India’s most dependable batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara turned out to be the hero for his team on Day 1 of the series opener of the ongoing four-match series in Adelaide with an unforgettable century, which has kept his side in the game.
Pujara, who was run-out of the last ball of the day, notched up his 16th Test century and his first in Australia. After stumps, India’s No. 3, in a video released bcci.tv, said he will celebrate and recover from his brilliant knock with his quota of chocolate milkshake. He batted for 246-balls before being dismissed, said that he had to ‘recover a lot’ after the innings.
Talking about his recovery, Pujara said, “It has to be a milkshake, chocolate milkshake. I will have to see the physio, take a massage. It’s important to recover in time. Although we’ve been playing a lot of cricket in India, the heat in Australia has been different.”
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Pujara also revealed that he isn’t a very big fan of the ice bath recovery methods which is why he will depend more on the ‘chocolate milkshake’. Earlier on Day 1, the visitors were looking down and out at one stage with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon all amongst wickets, and that’s when Pujara raised his hand to push India to 250 for 9 before the stumps were drawn on the first day.
The 30-year-old batsman played a brilliant knock of 123, which he scored with the help of seven fours and two sixes, before being run out at the stroke of stumps on Day 1. Amidst all the chaos, Pujara looked solid at the other end and was willing to grit it out.
Towards the end of play on Day 1, Pujara decided to take on the though started to open up and took the attack to Australian bowlers once he notched up his century. He got his last 30 runs in no time and it was only because of Cummins’ sensational run out on the brink of Day 1 Pujara had to walk back to the dressing room without a star mark on the top-right of his score.