Cheteshwar Pujara, one of India’s most experienced batters, will celebrate a significant milestone as he steps onto the field for his 100th Test match for India in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Delhi. Pujara has had a remarkable career spanning over 13 years, and his 100th Test match will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, marking the first Test in Delhi since December 2017.
Pujara, who made his Test debut in 2010, expressed his surprise at reaching this milestone, stating that he never thought he would manage to play 100 Test matches. However, he added that he always tries to remain focused on the present and not think too far ahead, and has fought through the ups and downs of his career.
India will also be aiming to win the second Test to come closer to qualifying for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which is scheduled for June. Pujara expressed his desire to win a WTC final for India, something that didn’t happen in the last final. He said that he and his team will work hard to win upcoming games and ensure they qualify for the final.
Pujara is the 13th Indian player to reach this milestone, with Sachin Tendulkar holding the record for the most Test matches played by an Indian (200 matches).
India currently holds an unassailable 1-0 lead against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and they will try to maintain their dominance in the upcoming matches. Playing his 100th Test match for India is an achievement that Pujara can be proud of, but he remains focused on the task at hand and looks forward to contributing to India’s success in the series.