From Twitter: 'Star' Cheteshwar Pujara praised for Test ton

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Colombo, Aug 29: Tough conditions. Unfamiliar batting position. Comeback match. All these pressures and challenges did not stop Cheteshwar Pujara from scoring a fine century at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on Saturday.

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On the 2nd day of the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka, India's right-handed batsman Pujara struck a hundred to send a strong message to the selectors and the team management.

File photo: Cheteshwar Pujara celebrating a Test ton

Pujara, who was making his comeback in this Test after 8 months, was included only due to regular opener Murali Vijay's injury. And he capitalised the opportunity and again reiterated that he can deliver at the highest level.

While constructing his 7th Test hundred in difficult batting conditions and that too as an opener, 27-year-old Pujara has made the job of the selection committee tougher.

Already, Team India has 3 regular openers in Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. All have been doing well and Ajinkya Rahane hit a century at number three position in the 2nd Test last week against Sri Lanka.

Now, with Pujara reaching hundred, he might have pushed his case for reclaiming the number 3 position which he used to bat at.

Rohit was batting at number 3 in Tests but that move did not prove right. And he was pushed to number 5 and Rahane slotted at 3.

Fans and former cricketers have often criticised the move of dropping Pujara. The Saurashtra batsman was ignored as the team management provided more chances to Rohit Sharma despite him failing.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had described Pujara as 'one-gear' batsman while backing Rohit's selection in first 2 Tests in Sri Lanka.

As soon as Pujara hit a ton, there were many including former skipper Anil Kumble, who expressed their happiness on social media.

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter after Pujara's ton

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