Xtra Time Web Desk: Grand celebrations are planned by BCCI for Cheteshwar Pujara as the veteran batter is all set for his 100th Test of his career. The cricketer from Saurashtra will play his 100th Test when he takes on the field in the second test against Australia at Arun Jaitley Stadium on Friday in Delhi. Ahead of the start of theTest match both BCCI & DDCA will honour Pujara, The 35-year-old will become the 13th Indian to take the field for the 100th time in his Test career.
Pujara was quite emotional during the pre-match press conference. According to Pujara, “When I started playing cricket, never thought I will play 100 tests.”
Talking about his memorable knocks in test career, Pujara said, “My favorite innings is my debut where I scored 72, it was the most important knock in my career. 2017 Bangalore-97 vs Aus, first overseas hundred at Wanderers, 124 at Adelaide and the Gabba one.”
Pujara, who is regarded as the next Wall after Rahul Dravid, said his ultimate dream is to win World Test Championship for India.
In the second Test of the 2010 series against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Pujara made his debut with 4 and 72 in a winning effort. He established himself as No. 3 batter for India after Rahul Dravid’s retirement.
Pujara has played in 99 Test matches and has amassed 7021 runs at a 44.15 average. He amassed 19 hundreds, and 34 fifty-plus runs, with a best of 206* against England in Ahmedabad in 2012.
He is only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, and Mohammad Azharuddin on India’s all-time list of players with the most hundreds.
BCCI tweeted a nice tribute video on Pujara’s milestone test match with the caption, ‘A journey full of hard-work, persistence & grit’