Cheteshwar Pujara's stellar performance in the ongoing Test series against Australia could get him an upgrade to the topmost A plus bracket in the central contracts as the BCCI is deliberating a relaxation of norms for the dependable No.3.
The Aussies are getting fed up of Cheteshwar Pujara, who played the anchor's role yet again with his third masterful hundred of the series, helping India dominate Australia in the fourth and final Test here. To get him out, they do what they know the best--sledging. But Pujara is beyond Aussie sledging now.
Australia had another long day in the field but their captain Tim Paine kept the lighted hearted humour going after day two of the fourth Test by answering a phone call, not his but a reporter's, in the middle of a press conference.
Pained by Aussie skipper Tim Paine, young Indian keeper Rishabh Pant gave it back to Paine where it pained the most with a swashbuckling 159 at Sydney. In the process Pant became Asia's number 1 wicketkeeper and shattered MS Dhoni's 12-year-old record. He is now the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred against Australia in Australia in a Test match.
India declared their first innings for 622/7 just before stumps on the second day of the fourth Test against Australia here on Friday
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has slammed sections of the SCG crowd for booing India skipper Virat Kohli when he walked out to bat on the opening day of the fourth Test on Thursday.
India opener Mayank Agarwal was livid with himself after squandering a golden opportunity to score a maiden Test hundred on Day one of the fourth Test but hopes to quickly learn from mistakes in his fledgling career.
James Neesham, also recalled to the New Zealand side, marked his return with five sixes in one over on his way an unbeaten 47 off 13 deliveries.
Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a typically gritty century as India posted 303/4 in their first innings at stumps on the opening day of the fourth cricket Test against Australia
Some more exceptional batting effort helped India reach 177/2 at tea on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)