Cheteshwar Pujara Rates His Adelaide Hundred

Pujara, who hit a classy 123 at the Adelaide Oval, was India's savior on the opening day of the first Test match against Australia.

He rated his century as one of his best innings in Test cricket. His 16th in Tests came at a time when India were in all sorts of trouble after deciding to bat first.

Team India had lost KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to poor shot selection and it was left to Pujara to repair the damage, which he did smartly along with Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and R Ashwin.

He even hit two sixes in his brilliant knock before being brilliantly run out by Pat Cummins.

"It has to be among the top five... I can't rate it as one of the best but the way my teammates appreciated the knock. They said it was one of the best," Pujara told the media at the end of day's play.

He had to overcome several challenges to steer India to a safe total.

"It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots especially when we lost seven wickets. Me and Ash (Ashwin) had a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I was there for two sessions," he said. "But yes it was tough considering the weather. It was quiet hot. We are used to it in India but still it was really hot."

Pujara was disappointed he got run-out moments before stumps.

"I was a bit disappointed to get out but I had to take a single - only two balls were left in the day's play. I thought I should be on strike in the morning," he said.


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