Indian Cricket Team's Test stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara has completed ten years in International Cricket on Friday, October 9. He took to Twitter to thank his fans for their love and support for all these glorious years.
….Thank you for all the support and wishes. Look forward to contributing lots more to the team!
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) October 9, 2020
Pujara wrote, "Truly privileged and blessed to have completed 10 yrs as an Indian cricketer. Growing up playing cricket in Rajkot all those years back, under the watchful eyes of my father, I would never have imagined the journey would bring me here." He also thanked all his supporters and said he is looking forward to contributing more to the Indian Cricket Team. Stating that this date is also his wife Puja Pujara's birthday, he said that he won't ever forget this date. "Thank you for all the support and wishes. Look forward to contributing lots more to the team! P.S. Coincidentally, today also happens to be the wife's birthday, so Puja has ensured I will never forget this date," he added.
The 32-year old batsman has played 77 tests so far, scoring 5,840 runs, with 18 centuries. Pujara made his Test debut against Australia in Bengaluru in 2010, scoring four runs before getting out LBW to Mitchell Johnson on the third ball he faced. In the second innings, he was sent in at number three in place of Rahul Dravid and made most of the opportunity by scoring 72 runs. After two years, in August 2012, he made his maiden test century, piling up 159 against New Zealand at Hyderabad. He became the 2nd fastest Indian to get to 1,000 Test runs, during his double hundred against Australia in March 2013, at Hyderabad, where he put on a 370-run record 2nd wicket partnership with Murali Vijay. Pujara cemented his place in the Indian team during India's tour of South Africa in 2013, where he emerged as the highest run-scorer in the Test series, scoring 280 runs at an average of 70. Pujara climbed to a career-best number 2 spot in the rankings for Test batsmen after his double century against Australia in March 2017. Currently, he stands 7th in ICC Test Players Rankings, with 766 ratings.?
India is scheduled to tour Australia later this year. Cheteshwar Pujara will be a key asset to the Indian batting order alongside Virat Kohli. Previously, when they toured Australia, Pujara scored three centuries and was crucial as India made history by winning their first Test series in Australia.
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