Pujara Silences Critics With Gritty Century. Still Want To Talk About His Strike Rate?

He may be often criticised for his strike rate, but with this innings Cheteshwar Pujara has silenced his detractors for sure. With his old school technique, refusing to rush, choosing instead to defend till the bowler gets tired. At Adelaide, he showed us just what he can do when the Indian batting lineup was in shambles in the first Test against a fiery Australian bowling lineup.

The percentage of boundaries was low in his innings until he realised the tailenders may be a no-show with the second new ball taken in the third session. Batting with the tail aggressively is one art he has perfected lately. He did it against England at Southampton earlier this year, and he did it today as well.

He reached his century in 231 deliveries showing everyone that Test cricket is not just about flashy drives and hitting the ball over the bowler’s head. It is about staying there. Pujara is one player in whose presence on the pitch, nothing happens in the middle until he loses control.

Twitter was all praises for the 30-year-old seasoned batsman:

He was sure respected when he walked back to the dressing room

The Wall 2.0

Calculated risks

Well said!

The reason why they can’t match the beauty of Test cricket

What is commendable is that Pujara didn’t just concentrate on his batting but tried to impart his wisdom to others in the middle as well when India needed a partnership. When Rishabh Pant was trying to hit every ball, the former tried to calm him down. Though it didn’t work, but hopefully it ended up teaching Pant may have learned a lesson about the difference between a 38-ball 25 and a 100-ball 25 in Test cricket.

He did not give Mohammad Shami much strike when the second new ball came into play. He took it upon himself to increase the scoring rate. It will be apt to say that Pujara doesn’t need a lesson on strike rate. At the end it was no bowler who got the better of him but a sensational direct hit from Pat Cummins.

His spectacular innings ended with a desperate attempt to remain on strike. Irrespective of the match’s result, his 123 from 246 balls will be a talking point of the game nevertheless. On a tour where spotlight was on skipper Virat Kohli, it is Pujara who has turned out to be the ultimate warrior. And, hey! he managed a strike rate of 50 at the end.

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