“If I hadn’t score those runs, I wouldn’t be playing international cricket,” Indian cricketer Pujara recalls this epic innings

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, the third Indian to reach the milestone ahead of his 100th Test match against Australia in Delhi, reflected on some of the most difficult bowlers and knocks he has encountered in his 13-year career. Pujara preferred to name a few of his close knocks rather than just a few, four of which, coincidentally, have come against Australia.

“The one is when I made my debut and scored 72. I thought, that it was one of the most important innings in my career because I was very nervous. If I hadn’t scored those runs, maybe I might not have played international cricket after that. That innings was special. Moving on from there, the 92 against Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of my favourites. Apart from that, my first overseas 100 against South Africa, I think it was Jo’burg in the second innings, 123 at Adelaide, and the last Test match at the Gabba, where I got hit on the body a few times. These are my special innings,” said Pujara.