India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara fell just seven runs short of 200 on the second Day of the fourth and last Test match of ongoing Test series against Austalia on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Pujara walked in to bat at number three for India after an early dismissal of KL Rahul in the second over of the ongoing Test match and played the anchor’s role for the visiting team.

During his 193 runs knock, the 30-year-old stylish batsman displayed some elegant and attacking cricket as he smashed the Aussie bowlers all over the park.

With the help of his third ton on Thursday, Pujara has also become only the third Indian batsman to score three or more Test tons during a Test series in Australia after Sunil Gavaskar and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Following his brilliant batting at SCG, veteran cricketers and fans were full of praise for the stylish 30-year-old.

“Very happy for Pujara. Here is a player who knows his game inside out, is comfortable with who he is and how he plays and is just a simple, modest man. And that quality is a big part of his cricket,” wrote Harsha Bhogle on Twitter.

Former Indian turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar also heaped praises on Pujara for his masterclass batting.

“Calmness while batting, calmness in celebration. Pujara stands out in today’s frenetic world as he has done in this series.”


Kohli-led Team India have already taken the lead of 2-1 in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia.