Cheteshwar Pujara turned 33 on Monday with wishes for India’s master batsman on social media. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was one of the first to wish the Test star on his special day. India’s Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has shared a video link with one of Pujara’s top hundreds – a 143 knockout against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. The BCCI also serenaded Cheteshwar Pujara with a small verse to greet his resilience. Many cricketers and fans also took to Twitter to give their hats to the batter of India, who had recently played a pivotal role in the team’s historic test run in Australia.
“Congratulations pujji @ cheteshwar1. I wish you good health, happiness and more hours at the fold. A great year ahead,” tweeted Virat Kohli.
Happy birthday pujji @ cheteshwar1. Wish you good health, happiness and more hours at the tuck. Have a great year ahead.
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 25, 2021
“He takes punch from the body. Grinds it in the middle. Defies it all and stands tall,” tweeted the BCCI along with Pujara’s Test batting statistics.
He gets hit from the body
Grind it out in the middle
Defies it all and stands high
6111 is running
13572 balls faced
Let’s relive one of his beautiful tons against Sri Lanka
– BCCI (@BCCI) January 25, 2021
Former India mobster RP Singh greeted Pujara in his birthday wish, noting that the batter was “the only ‘common factor’ in back-to-back series victories in Australia”.
The only ‘common factor’ in back-to-back series is winning in Australia! #HappyBirthdayPujara You have proven to the new generation that not only the quality of the runs, but also spending quality time on creases is just as important. Have a great year ahead #CheteshwarPujara @ cheteshwar1 pic.twitter.com/dvQU08hdFc
– R P Singh (@rpsingh) January 25, 2021
Other cricketers and fans also flocked to extend their birthday wishes to Pujara.
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) January 25, 2021
Happy Birthday Cheteshwar Pujara
One of the greatest test players in modern test cricket
– (@ Rahul__Dhoni) January 25, 2021
Intentional blows to the body when a bowler is bowling at over 90 mph on a bouncy castle is a next level thing.
– chagan_rt (@ChaganThakare) January 25, 2021
– Ayush Gangwar (@mr_gangwar_) January 25, 2021
#Birthday wishes to Cheteshwar Pujara. Your unwavering dedication, #patience & concentration level are benchmarks for cricketers around the world. I wish you all the best for the future and I hope we keep seeing your wonderful shot. #CheteshwarPujara @ cheteshwar1 @BCCI pic.twitter.com/2eH9Tq6Iwf
– Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) January 25, 2021
While Pujara didn’t manage to strike a century in Australia, he played some crucial blows when India needed it most to grind Australian bowlers. He played the perfect foil for more attacking batsmen like Rishabh Pant when India broke through Australian fort Gabba to secure a 2-1 series victory.
No visiting team in the past 32 years had ever won at the Gabba before India was knocked out. Plagued by injuries, the Indian team gave multiple debuts, and few gave the inexperienced outfit to do anything remarkable.
Brilliantly led by Ajinkya Rahane and backed by the ever-present Pujara, India’s young guns stood upright from one of the greatest victories in Test history, leaving the hosts shocked.
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