India vs Australia: Pujara joins Gavaskar and Kohli in elite list after Sydney hundred

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara has joined an elite list, which includes his India captain Virat Kohli, batting great Sunil Gavaskar, of visiting batsmen to have scored three or more centuries in a series in Australia.Pujara achieved the feat during the third session on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test of the four-match series between India and Australia in Sydney.Pujara brought up a classy hundred after India won the toss and opted to bat in a bid to win their first-ever Test series in Australia. The visitors are leading the series 2-1, thanks to the Saurashtra batsman’s superhuman form Down Under.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 is struggling to convert starts into big knocks in the ongoing series, achieved the feat during India’s last trip to Australia in 2014-15. He had scored 692 runs, including four centuries, from four matches at an average of 86.50.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.Yet another Test Match, yet another marvellous innings from Pujara. Many congratulations on the 18th Test hundred. Has been a delight to watch you bat, @cheteshwar1 ! pic.twitter.com/dxTiaidSYcadvertisementVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 3, 2019Stand and applaud @cheteshwar1 ?? ???????????????? another brilliant innings and he does not look satisfied ??????? wants 200Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) January 3, 2019Pujara helped India win the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs as he scored 123 – his maiden Test hundred on Australian soil, in the first innings and returned to score a half-century (71) in the second innings.After failing to score big in Perth, Pujara made sure he grabbed the opportunity in Melbourne by scoring a match-winning century (106). Despite him getting out for naught in the second innings, India managed a 137-run win after their pace bowlers ran riot at the MCG.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli also became the fastest to reach 19,000 international runs on Thursday. He reached the milestone in his 399th international while Sachin Tendulkar, who had held the record, needed 432 matches to get there.Also Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso Watch | Watch: Virat Kohli juggles ball while waiting for Australia after tea, umpire says noAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awarenesslast_img

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