Chocolate milkshake for Pujara after magnificent Test hundred in Australia

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara defied Australia’s bowling attack and overcame stifling conditions at the Adelaide Oval with a century on the opening day of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.India were in danger of being bowled out cheaply after reckless batting in the opening two sessions, but Pujara scored 123 runs as India reached 250/9 at stumps.The 30-year-old notched his 16th century and also passed 5,000 Test runs in the process. Just before the close, Pujara was run out by a direct hit from Pat Cummins to end his marathon innings.Pujara played with the determination and patience, which was lacking from the rest of India’s specialist batsmen. He scored his first hundred on Australian soil and joined an elite list of players courtesy his outstanding knock.Pujara became the sixth Indian batsman to score a hundred on the opening day of a Test match outside Asia after Vijay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.Kohli is the only Indian batsman to achieve the feat twice in his career so far.Pujara meanwhile, also hit the third highest score by a visiting batsman on the first day of a Test in Australia.Incidentally, Pujara and Rahul Dravid have reached the 3000, 4000 and 5000-run mark in Test innings in equal number of innings. Pujara, like Dravid, has taken 67 innings to reach 3k, 84 innings to reach 4k and 108 innings to complete 5k runs in the longest format.After the end of play on the first day, where the temperatures soared to about 39 degrees, Pujara toiled hard for every run.advertisement”Although we play a lot of our cricket in India, the heat in Australia is different. It was a tough surface to bat on, initially, but after I settled down after a couple of sessions, I was confident,” Pujara said in the video posted by”Once we lost Ashwin, I had to accelerate, I started playing my shots. This was one of my best Test innings. After batting for almost,” Pujara added.After batting for 246 balls on the first day of the tour, he said that he will be visiting the physio and even though he doesn’t like to take ice baths, he will have to for another gruelling day on Friday.Why @cheteshwar1 wants a ‘milkshake’ post his Adelaide ton.Man of the moment does a quick walkie talkie in under a minute post his energy sapping ton at Adelaide – by @28anand #AUSvIND (@BCCI) December 6, 2018″I’ll have to recover a lot, will see the physio and get a massage. The weather has been really hot and humid. Although, we play a lot of cricket in India, but the heat in Australia is different. I’m not a big fan of ice bath but will have to take it today,” Pujara said.”I did take my protein shake for recovery, hopefully, it will give me some protein today. I should be back on the field tomorrow. Has to be a chocolate milkshake,” he added.(With inputs from AP)Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara hundred one of the very best in Adelaide: Darren LehmannGallery | Cheteshwar Pujara India’s lone bright spark as Australia bowlers dominateAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestAlso Read | One good day isn’t going to win a series, says Mitchell StarcAlso watch –last_img

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