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Cheteshwar Pujara Surprises Indian Fans With His Blitzkrieg Century
By CricShots - Dec 16, 2022 5:33 pm
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India’s Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara hit his first Test hundred after a huge gap of 52 innings during the first Test between India and Bangladesh in Chattogram on Friday. Pujara scored his 19th Test match ton with the help of 13 boundaries. With Team India looking to declare its second innings at a lead nearing 500, Pujara accelerated in the latter part of his stay to manage the hundred. Coming off 130 deliveries, this was Pujara’s fastest Test hundred.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century 

Cheteshwar Pujara’s first 50 runs took 87 deliveries while the second 50 came in 43 balls.  He remained unbeaten at 102 runs when captain KL Rahul decided to declare the innings with a lead of 512 runs. Pujara scored his last international hundred in the format in January 2019 against Australia in Sydney. His last Test appearance came in July in the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham. He played the knocks of 13 and 66 in that game.

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The Birmingham Test marked Pujara’s return to the Test squad after he was dropped for the two-match series against Sri Lanka in March following a slump in form. On the comeback trail, Pujara had a rewarding season in the County Championship Division Two, where he made eight centuries – including three doubles – for Sussex across formats in 2022.

Cheteshwar Pujara was Sussex’s leading run-getter in the Championship, as he managed to amassed as many as 1094 runs at 109.4 across 13 innings, and was the second-highest scorer across the 50-over Royal London Cup, making three hundred as Sussex reached the semifinals.

Here is the video of Cheteshwar Pujara scoring his century:

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Zakir Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain

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India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

Twitter enjoyed his aggressive template and showered praise on the veteran batter.