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Cheteshwar Pujara slams maiden T20 hundred off 61 balls, achieves a milestone for Saurashtra

Cheteshwar Pujara's ton came against Railways in the domestic T20 tournament - Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. In doing so, Pujara also became the first batsman from Saurashtra to hit a hundred in the format.

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New Delhi Published on: February 21, 2019 13:19 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara slams maiden T20 hundred off 61 balls, achieves a milestone for Saurashtra

Cheteshwar Pujara is a name not too familiar with the T20 format as compared to Test cricket where he remains India's most bankable batsman. However, on Thursday, Pujara added a new milestone to his career as he struck his maiden century in the shortest format of the game.

Pujara's ton came against the Railways in the domestic T20 tournament - Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. In doing so, Pujara also became the first batsman from Saurashtra to hit a hundred in the format.

Pujara took just 61 balls to reach to the three-figure mark, which is exceptional for a batsman who is not known for his hitting prowess but for his copy-book technique and sheer class.

The knock was studded with 16 boundaries and a solitary six. Pujara reached his fifty in 29 balls and then took another 32 balls to hit the hundred.

Pujara, who has been a constant in the Indian Test side, has not been able to find a suitable place in the limited-overs teams. He has also find rare takers in the Indian Premier League.

However, Pujara's dominance in Test cricket is a well-documented fact. The 31-year-old recently made a giant contribution in helping India achieve a rare feat this Australian summer - winning their maiden Test series Down Under.

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