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Cheteshwar Pujara came out to play 100th test, Team India gave guard of honour, Gavaskar honored

Pankaj Prasad
Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

The second match of the four-Test series between India and Australia began on Friday (February 17) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

The second match of the four-Test series between India and Australia began on Friday (February 17) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. This match is the 100th Test of India's experienced batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Team India made Pujara's day special. Captain Rohit Sharma decided to give a guard of honor to Pujara. The players and support staff applauded for him.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shared a video of Pujara. In this, the players of Team India are giving him the guard of honour. After that former captain Sunil Gavaskar also honored him. During this Cheteshwar's father Arvind Pujara and wife Pooja were present there. All the players of Team India stood behind Pujara.

Pujara got special cap

Gavaskar handed over a special cap to him for the 100th test. During this, he said, I hope that Pujara will score a century in the 100th Test. He can become the first Indian to achieve this feat.” Pujara became the 13th player from India to play 100 Test matches. More Tests than him Sachin Tendulkar (200), Rahul Dravid (163), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsakar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113) , Virat Kohli (106), Ishant Sharma (105), Harbhajan Singh (103) and Virender Sehwag (103) have played.

Gavaskar praised Pujara

Pujara left behind former captain Mohammad Azharuddin by playing 100th Test. Azhar had played 99 Tests. After felicitating Pujara, Gavaskar said, "Welcome to the 100th Test club. I wish you to become the first Indian to score a century in your 100th Test and lay the foundation for another win in Delhi." The former captain lauded Pujara for putting his body on the line for India. Called him the ideal of the youth. Pujara, 35, made his Test debut in 2010. He has more than seven thousand and 19 centuries in this format.

What did Cheteshwar Pujara say?

After being honored, Pujara said, “Legends like you (Gavaskar) have inspired me. As a young cricketer, I always dreamed of playing for India, but I never imagined that I would play 100 Test matches for India. I believe Test cricket is the best format of the game. Your ability is tested in this. There are a lot of similarities between life and Test cricket."