Cheteshwar Pujara Birthday: Virat Kohli and others tweet wishes

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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.

“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.

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”.

Other cricketers and fans also flocked to extend their birthday wishes to Pujara.

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.

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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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