For the first time since January 2019, Indian test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara reached the three-digit score in the game’s longest format. In the second innings of the first Test against Bangladesh at Chattogram, Pujara scored an uncharacteristic 130-ball 102 to take home his 19th hundred. Pujara was understandably ecstatic as he reached the milestone, but the reaction of the non-striker, Virat Kohli, was also a sight to behold from fans. Kohli, who himself had to wait a long time before scoring his 71st international hundred, fully understands how difficult it would have been for Pujara to wait almost 4 years to feel what it means to score another hundred for the country.
Seeing Pujara raise his bat after completing his hundred, which was also followed by India’s declaration in the second innings, Kohli had a big smile on his face as he hugged the centurion and congratulated him on the milestone. Here’s the video:
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Pujara was not the only India player to score a hundred in the second innings. Lead-off hitter Shubman Gill also reached the three-digit mark, recording a 110 hit off 152 balls.
Speaking to the broadcaster after the match, Gill was delighted to finally have scored his maiden Test hundred.
“Personally, I thought it (first test century) would be a long time coming for me. Today was all about getting the fix out of the way. There were no other thoughts (while batting in the 90s). For me, it’s it was about how to play according to the pitch and then score runs it was very instinctive (hit a few boundaries and hit the milestone) when the bowler got around the wicket there was a gap between third man and point.
“I hadn’t played it the whole innings. And then once the field came in I went over the fielders. When lunch came around I hit around 13. When I’d seen 100 balls I was 70, it’s about pacing through the innings. You have to know when to strike as a batter. (The century) means a lot to me, my family and my friends who have supported me. Special moment for every player – getting the first century here means a lot to me,” he said.
India has set a target of 513 runs for Bangladesh to chase. At the end of Day 3, the hosts were 42/0, with Najmul Hossain Shanto and Zakir Hasan in the middle. Earlier in the first innings, Pujara was dismissed at 90.
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