Cheteshwar Pujara’s magnificent 123 helped India recover after Australia had them reeling at 41 for 4 at one stage to end Day 1 of the first Test at Adelaide with 250 for 9 on the board. Pujara was run out on what was eventually the last ball of the day but not before his maiden Test ton in Australia had everyone singing his praise on Twitter.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 6, 2018
Terrific innings from Pujara or “Steve” as the Yorkshire men called him as they couldn’t pronounce his first name Cheteshwar ! Congrats on a great 💯 👍 — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 6, 2018
Pujara standing tall,great demonstration of grit & technique where all around him were faltering showing intent,it was a proper grind and now has put his team in a decent position #AusvIndia — zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) December 6, 2018
Earlier in the day, India batted first after winning the toss and would have hoped to make it count but lost both their openers very early in the piece with only 15 runs on the board.
Sluggish footwork, thick edge behind the wicket, Vijay falls too and India are two wickets down in less than half an hour. Everybody wants to see @imVkohli bat for sure, but I’m not sure he wanted to see himself in the middle so early! — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 6, 2018
And things went from bad to worse when Indian captain Virat Kohli was snapped by an excellent grab by Usman Khawaja at gully off the bowling of Pat Cummins. He departed for 3, leaving India in trouble at 19 for 3.
Screamer of a catch… you need such efforts to dismiss batsmen like Virat Kohli.
Not much else to say otherwise. Can’t be 20/2 in every overseas Test and expect one batsman to bail you out every time. #AusvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 6, 2018
The vice-captain of the side, Ajinkya Rahane talked about converting his starts before the Test but was guilty of throwing a one away in the first innings.
Skill is nothing without patience. — Rohit Brijnath (@rohitdbrijnath) December 6, 2018
Even Dravid’s wishes weren’t enough for Rahane to make a score.
How lovely and inspiring https://t.co/C32Y3NEDAO
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 6, 2018
Rohit Sharma, as usual, looked at ease on his comeback to the Test side. A short in particular, a loft off the bowling of Cummins was pleasing to the eyes and had everyone gasping.
But as has been the case with him, Rohit fell trying to hit Lyon for sixes off consecutive balls, much to the despair of his fans and cricket experts.
— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) December 6, 2018
At this stage of his career, Rohit Sharma must look at every Test match opportunity as a rare privilege. Can’t be squandering opportunities like this. #AUSvIND — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 6, 2018
Rohit Sharma ends up with the worst shot in an innings where all 4 above him got out chasing really wide deliveries. Takes talent — Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) December 6, 2018
Rohit Sharma 37 with three sixes before the midpoint on day one of the series … and then skies Lyon to Harris behind square leg. Brainless is a term that comes to mind #AusvInd — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 6, 2018
Rishabh Pant came in, played and missed at quite a few before going into a defensive shell. It was a day where most of the Indian batsmen barring Pujara, failed to find the right tempo for their innings.
Oh dear … India making life very easy for the Aussies #AusvInd 5 loose strokes and the pitch now looking very good for batting
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 6, 2018
Just as he is about to go out to bat, someone must whisper into Pant’s ear “Test cricket, not IPL”. — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 6, 2018
It was the 62-run stand between Ravichandran Ashwin and Pujara for the seventh wicket that got India to a respectable total. Cummins though returned late in the day to dismiss the break the stand and provided Australia with an opening.
Pujara went onto register his 16th Test ton, third against Australia and ensured that India were not out of the game on the first day itself.
The way Pujara has accelerated with the tail shows he can play aggressively but largely chooses not to. Earlier he didn’t score a run for 55 minutes. On a day when his teammates gifted their wickets away he has yet again reminded them of the value of patience. #AUSvIND
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) December 6, 2018
Top quality ton by Cheteshwar Pujara. Exhibited patience, grit and determination when wickets kept falling around him. India’s crisis man — held one end up. No theatrics, no over-the-top celebrations — gets his job done quietly. Solid as a rock #AUSvIND — Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) December 6, 2018
First Published: December 6, 2018, 1:33 PM IST