IND vs AUS 2023: Twitter reacts as Cheteshwar Pujara plays his 100th Test; joins elite club
The Test specialist became the 13th cricketer for the national side to feature in 100 red-ball matches.
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Veteran India cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara took the field at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi as he features in his 100th Test for the national side against Australia on Friday, February 17. As India have locked horns with Australia in the second of the four-match series, Pujara attained an impressive milestone as he joined an elite list of cricketers who have played 100 Tests throughout their career.
The Test specialist became the 13th cricketer for the national side to feature in 100 red-ball matches. Interestingly, his debut came against the Aussies in Bangalore, wherein he scored 72 runs off 89 balls in the second innings of the clash. Since then, he has been entrusted with the responsibility of batting in the No. 3 spot, a role which he has flourished into becoming one of the finest cricketers in the longest format.
Ahead of the second Test, the 35-year-old was presented with a special cap by India great Sunil Gavaskar to commemorate the milestone and also received a guard of honour from the side. Elated upon receiving the cap from the former India cricketer, Pujara thanked the board, family and well-wishers on attaining the special landmark.
“It is an honour to receive this cap from you, legends like you have inspired me (On getting the cap from Sunil Gavaskar). 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,” told Pujara in a video shared by the BCCI.
“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,” added the Test specialist.
Prior to his 100th Test, the batter amassed 7,021 runs for Team India, averaging at 44.15 runs with 19 hundreds and 34 fifties and a career best knock of 206 not out against England at Ahmedabad in 2012. Meanwhile, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series and as Pujara plays his 100th Test, he will be on the lookout to help his side with the crucial runs and aim to carve out a big innings.
Tributes pour as Cheteshwar Pujara plays his 100th Test-
A special landmark 👌— BCCI (@BCCI) February 17, 2023
A special cricketer 👍
A special hundred 💯
Congratulations to @cheteshwar1 as he plays his 1⃣0⃣0⃣th Test 👏 👏
Well done 🙌 🙌
Follow the match ▶️ https://t.co/hQpFkyZGW8 #TeamIndia | #INDvAUS | @mastercardindia pic.twitter.com/c5tXFVuhDI
Cheteshwar Pujara, 100 not out 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/GOQCvAonKD— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 17, 2023
Congratulations @cheteshwar1 on reaching the incredible milestone of 100 Test matches! It's a great achievement and a testament to your dedication and passion for the sport. Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, and we are proud of you #CheteshwarPujara #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/zQKs3ZTG8t— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) February 17, 2023
Whenever it came to battling on the field, it was time for Chetesh-War 🔥💪— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) February 17, 2023
A fitting achievement for a fabulous cricketer, and a fabulous human being 💙#INDvAUS | #TeamIndia | #BGT2023 | #CheteshwarPujara | #100Tests pic.twitter.com/amksE646bp