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On a ‘milestone occasion’, Cheteshwar Pujara earned a guard of honor from his Indian teammates as he arrived at the Arun Jaitley Stadium wearing India’s Test jersey for his 100th match. Captain Rohit Sharma had a big smile on his face as the entire Indian team clapped for Pujara and honored him on his historic occasion. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also shared the video of Pujara receiving the guard of honor on social media.

Pujara also received a special 100th Test cap from the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who couldn’t stop praising the legend for his contribution to Indian cricket. Gavaskar expressed hope that Cheteshwar Pujara would become the first Indian to score a century in his 100th Test, saying the veteran batsman has been a role model for “hard work and self-belief”. Pujara became the 13th Indian to reach the milestone of 100 Tests when he took the field against Australia in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy here.

Accompanied by his family and teammates, Pujara, the mainstay of Indian batting in the longest format of the game, received a special cap from Gavaskar to honor his achievements.

Gavaskar, who played 125 Tests, said, “Welcome to the 100th Test club and I wish and pray that you become the first Indian to score a big century in your 100th Test and lay the foundation for another victory in Delhi.”

The former India captain lauded Pujara for “putting his body on the line for India”. “When you go out to bat, it is as if you are carrying the flag of India with you. You have put your body on the line for India.”

“You took the knocks, you got up, and you got the bowlers to take your wicket. Every single run you scored is a huge plus for India. What a role model you have been for hard work, self-belief and dreams.” Can.” The 35-year-old Pujara, who made his Test debut in 2010, has over 7,000 runs and 19 centuries to his name across formats.

Pujara said, “Legends like you have inspired me. As a young cricketer, I always dreamed of playing for India, but I never imagined that I would play 100 Test matches for India.”

“I believe Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game and it tests your temperament, there are a lot of similarities between life and Test cricket.

“If you can fight through tough times, you always come out on top. I feel really proud and to all the youngsters out there, I encourage you to work hard and try to play for India “

“Thank you to my family and friends for their support. Thank you to the BCCI, the media and my teammates and support staff.”

with PTI inputs

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