Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indian top-order batsman, is set to play his 100th Test match for India on February 17 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi against Australia in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. This will be Delhi’s first Test since December 2017, with the opening Test of the series having been held at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, where the hosts claimed victory by an innings and 132 runs.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has congratulated Pujara on his achievement of reaching 100 Test matches, describing him as a “warrior” and a “soldier” for Indian cricket. The 35-year-old Pujara made his Test debut in 2010 and will become the 13th player to represent India in 100 Test matches.
Shastri has praised Pujara’s contribution to Indian cricket, stating that he played a significant role in India’s historic Test series wins in Australia. He also praised Pujara’s ability to hold the top order together for a long time, especially after Rahul Dravid’s retirement.
Pujara, who is known for his slow batting, was felicitated by former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar ahead of the second Test, and his teammates gave him a guard of honour to commemorate his landmark achievement.