Adelaide, Dec 6 : Cheteshwar Pujara's 123 runs knock helped India to recover from 126/6 to 250/9 on the opening day of first Test of four-match series here at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Reacting on his hundred, he told mediapersons,' I cannot rate this innings as one of the best, but my teammates appreciated the knock and they stated it as one of my best .'
Except Pujara, no Indian batsman could show any resistance. The second highest run-getter was Rohit Sharma hitting three sixes in his 37 runs knock. However, the right-handed batsman came to his team's support and said condition was not good to bat on.
'There was good help for the bowlers and it was not easy to score. During the Australian innings, I will share my experience with our bowlers. There is a huge difference between first and second session in batting, but we cannot identify this difference on TV.'
He further added that there is uneven bounce on the pitch.
It was his 16th Test ton and first Down Under. With this memorable ton, he equalised former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly's tally of hundreds in the format.
There were several challenges Pujara had to deal with. First, the wickets were continuously tumbling at the other end and then the heat in Adelaide did not make run making any easy task. And just when he settled into a nice partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins broke the pair's resistance to peg India back further.
'Yes it was tough considering the weather. It was quiet hot out there. We are used to it in India but still it was really hot.' he said.
Talking about his knock, he said that I left so many balls, therefore I managed to play long. He further added that Ashwin will get good support from the pitch. (UNI)