New Delhi: India's Cheteshwar Pujara has claimed a stake in the Test team to play on a regular basis after striking a ton in his comeback match. The Saurashtra batsman who has been looked over recently has been warming the bench off late.
This was Pujara's first Test match in 2015 and he got off with a bang handling the productive Sri Lankan bowlers with sheer calmness and vision. On a tough wicket to bat on in Colombo, Pujara's application in playing risk free cricket paid dividends.
The classy batsman got to 100 off 220 deliveries to remind the team management why he is a pure Test batsman whose class cannot be questioned ever.
The technique and grit of Pujara is the key here after he saw wickets falling around him on a consistent basis. Coming back to the team after having last played against Australia down under in 2014, Pujara showed his mental strength in dictating any kind of pressure.
The faith in Rohit Sharma by the India team management and the five-bowler strategy under skipper Virat Kohli, has seen Pujara being left out. A lot was said about Pujara's technique in England and Australia and he seems to have worked hard to get those adjustments right.
This was Pujara's seventh Test hundred and five of them have come outside India. Pujara who opened the innings with KL Rahul was engaged in crucial partnerships with Virat Kohli (50), Rohit Sharma (55) and a century stand with Amit Mishra (104). He didn't shift any gears and batted with the same vein despite getting to his fifty and then 100 runs.
Pujara has lifted India from a spot of bother as they were reeling at 119/5 earlier on Saturday.