first_imgCheteshwar Pujara scored his 16th Test hundred and first in Australia on a day the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane flopped against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.It was a remarkable innings from Pujara. He walked in when Rahul played an irresponsible shot to lose his wicket in the second over of the day and saw Vijay, Kohli and Rahane perish to inexplicable shot selection. So bad was India’s top-order batting that Sunil Gavaskar was left fuming – he slammed the superstars for their poor shot selection.But Cheteshwar Pujara was a different story. The man has often been vilified for his slow strike rate. He does not have the flamboyance of some of his colleagues. But Pujara has grit. Pujara has spunk. And Pujara has patience.Much like England in 2014, Pujara had a forgettable tour of Australia that year. He was even dropped but he came back strong and established himself as a regular No.3 for India.There it is, a brilliant ton for Cheteshwar Pujara from 231 balls!That’s his 16th hundred in Test cricket and third against Australia.#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/cD1rSObzGqcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2018When Pujara went back to England this year, he was the only batsman besides Virat Kohli to put his hands up. He scored a gutsy 72 in Nottingham before making a polished 132 not out at Southampton. And on Thursday, with their backs against the wall, India needed Pujara to do it all over again.advertisementAnd the gentle, soft-spoken man from Saurashtra did not disappoint.Pujara mostly waged a lone battle. Yes, he had the flash Rohit Sharma at one end for a while. Rishabh Pant then chipped in a with a quick 25. R Ashwin stayed long enough to build another partnership. But it was the Pujara show all day in the face of some disciplined Australian bowling. He was eventually run out for 123 but not before giving India hope.In the course of his innings, Pujara also went past 5000 Test runs. Incidentally, Pujara and Rahul Dravid have reached the 3000, 4000 and 5000-run mark in Test innings in equal number of innings.Had it not been for Pujara’s courage, India would have been rolled over for much lesser. His innings should now inspire his colleagues to go out there and fight.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestAlso Read | IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt outlast_img read more