Twitter reactions on Cheteshwar Pujara’s 17th Test century: Twitter was elated as India’s No. 3 scored his 17th Test century.
During the second day of the third Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Melbourne, India batsman scored his 17th Test century in another game-changing innings. Having registered the milestone, Pujara has now surpassed former India captain Sourav Ganguly and equaled former India batsman VVS Laxman in terms of Test centuries.
In which was an archetype Pujara innings, it saw him facing 280 deliveries before reaching the three-figure mark. Having scored his 16th Test century at Adelaide, Pujara has scored his second of the series, the first time he has done it in an overseas series. It is also his fifth against the Aussies.
Pujara had come in to bat in the 19th over yesterday. The 30-year old right-hand batsman stitched an 83-run partnership with debutant opening batsman Mayank Agarwal.
Playing in his usual manner, not for a moment did Pujara displayed signs of doing anything ‘out of the box’. Given he had (still has) India captain Virat Kohli at the other end, it was as if he was asked to play in his quintessential manner.
Resuming Day 2 on 68*, Pujara was lucky in the second over of the day when a Mitchell Starc delivery went off his leading edge to the third man boundary. It was after some time that Pujara slowly and gradually started to accumulate the runs, both for him and the team.
The landmark finally arrived a few overs before lunch when Pujara drove a Nathan Lyon delivery straight past Kohli to collect four runs and a memorable century.
Pujara’s innings saw him gaining numerous accolades on social media platform Twitter. Read some of the tweets below:
The first time Pujara has got two hundreds in an overseas series. This has been the year he has been reborn as a batsman
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 27, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 27, 2018
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 27, 2018
Another fantastic 💯 from @cheteshwar1 👏🏻
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 27, 2018
100 in Boxing Day Test by Indians in Australia
— Abhishek Kumar (@abhik2593) December 27, 2018
Since 1 Jan 2017, Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batsman to face over 4000 balls in Test cricket!
He has so far faced 4633 balls in 40 innings i.e. facing an ave of 116 balls per innings.
Next best: 3796 balls in 39 innings by Virat Kohli (ave balls/inns: 97)#AusvInd#AusvsInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 27, 2018
Most balls to 100 for India in Australia:
307 R Shastri, SCG, 1992
286 S Gavaskar, Adelaide, 1985
280 C PUJARA, MCG, 2018
273 M Amarnath, SCG, 1986#AUSvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 27, 2018
Pujara may not get the beer cans clanging, may not get throats hoarse, but he keeps his side in the game and makes it easier for everyone else.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 26, 2018