Cheteshwar Pujara first to slam hundreds in maiden Tests at new venues

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara on Saturday became the first Indian to hit a century in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. Pujara was batting on 130 at stumps on the third day of the third Test in Ranchi as India reached 360/6 in reply to Australia’s 451. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was giving him company on 18 with India still 91 runs behind. (SCORECARD)A steady accumulator of runs in an Indian line-up of mostly flamboyant stroke-makers, Pujara’s solid defence stood him in great stead as his 11th test century underlined the virtue of playing along the turf, minimising risks. (Cheteshwar Pujara continues dominant season at home with 4th hundred in 12 Tests)The 29-year-old hit 17 boundaries in his composed knock, often threading the ball through gaps and letting the exceptionally fast outfield carry it across the rope. (Virat Kohli bats at usual No.4 position but falls cheaply again)Pujara hit his seventh first-class hundred this season to match Sunil Gavaskar and MAK Pataudi’s feat in India’s single first-class season. The list is headed by VVS Laxman, who struck eight centuries.Earlier, Pujara and Murali Vijay raised their sixth century partnership of the season. Pujara and Vijay have put together 954 runs together this season bettering 919 by Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan in 1978/97. (Ranchi Test, Day 3: Key highlights)The Saurashtra batsman’s love-affair with new venues also continues as he became the first batsman in the history of the game to score a hundred in the maiden Test of four venues – Indore, Rajkot, Vizag and Ranchi.The four-match series is level at 1-1. Australia won the first Test in Pune by 333 runs, and India levelled with a 75-run win in Bengaluru. Dharamsala will be hosting the final match from March 25.advertisementlast_img

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