Continuing his red-form in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia, Cheteshwar Pujara, on Thursday, scored his third century of the series in the fourth Test. The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 130 as India finished day one on 303 for 4 after deciding to bat first.
Pujara came out to bat early once again after KL Rahul departed for just 9. From thereon, Pujara never looked in trouble as he helped India get on top of the contest. He added 116 runs with Mayank Agarwal (77) and 54 with skipper Virat Kohli (23) to put India on course for a good total. He reached his ton in the final session of the day and in doing so he also achieved an incredible milestone.
Pujara has now joined an elite list, which includes the likes Kohli and batting great Sunil Gavaskar. He is now one of the few visiting batsmen to have scored three or more centuries in a series in Australia. Pujara has emulated Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Chris Broad, Gavaskar, Eddie Barlow and Jack Hobbs by scoring his third century. Notably, Virat Kohli, Wally Hammond and Herbert Sutcliffe have scored four tons in a series in Australia.
Kohli, who has scored one ton this series, had scored four on the last tour when he amassed a staggering 692 runs.
On the other hand, Gavaskar had scored three centuries during India’s tour to Australia in 1977-78. The batting great amassed 450 runs from five matches at 50.00.
During the course of his knock in Sydney, Pujara also became the fifth Indian batsman after Rahul Dravid (1203 in 2003/04), Vijay Hazare (1192 in 1947/48), Virat Kohli (1093 in 2014/15) and Sunil Gavaskar (1032 in 1977/98) to face more than 1000 balls in a Test series in Australia.
Pujara will be looking to continue to bat in the same manner when he and Hanuma Vihari resume the proceedings with the bat on day two.