India – Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test: With the exit of legendary – Rahul Dravid, the Indian cricket team was in a desperate need of a perfect replacement who can provide the ideal foil in Test cricket’s most crucial batting position – No.

Summary

  • Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test: With the exit of legendary – Rahul Dravid, the Indian cricket team was in a desperate need of a perfect replacement who can provide the ideal foil in Test cricket’s most crucial batting position – No.
  • With wickets falling at the other end, the 30-year old held one end up and battled hard for runs against a dominating pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
  • Pujara’s 16th Test hundred and first in Australia helped India recover to 250/9 at stumps after they had been reduced to 127/6 at one stage.
  • There is an even great coincidence that Pujara reached the milestone of 5K runs (108 innings) in rhe same number of Test innings as compared to his ‘idol’ Dravid.
  • Dravid and Pujara have reached their milestones of 3000 runs, 4000 runs and 5000 runs in Tests in the exact same number of innings.


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