Cheteshwar Pujara hit his first Check hundred after 1443 days in the course of the first Check between India and Bangladesh in Chattogram on Friday.
Pujara hit 13 fours on his strategy to a nineteenth Check match hundred. With the Indian workforce seeking to declare its second innings at a lead nearing 500, Pujara accelerated within the latter a part of his keep to handle the hundred.
Coming off simply 130 deliveries, this was Pujara’s quickest Check hundred. His first 50 runs took 87 deliveries whereas the second 50 got here in 43 balls.
The 34-year-old remained unbeaten at 102 runs when captain KL Rahul declared the innings with a lead of 512 runs. Virat Kohli was on the opposite finish, batting on 19 runs off 29 deliveries.
Pujara had final struck 100 within the format in January 2019 towards Australia in Sydney. His final Check look got here in July within the rescheduled fifth Check towards England in Birmingham. He registered scores of 13 and 66 in that sport.
The Birmingham Check marked Pujara’s return to the Check workforce after he was dropped for the two-match sequence towards Sri Lanka in March following a hunch in type.
On the comeback path, Pujara had a rewarding season within the County Championship Division Two, the place he made eight tons of – together with three doubles – for Sussex throughout codecs in 2022. He was Sussex’s main run-scorer within the Championship, with an combination of 1094 at 109.4 throughout 13 innings, and was the second-highest scorer throughout the 50-over Royal London Cup, making three tons of as Sussex reached the semifinals.