Cheteshwar Pujara on verge of achieving a big record; will surpass Sir Don Bradman
Team India completed a comprehensive win in the first test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, by 188 runs. Now the second test will begin on Thursday, December 22 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
For India, it was Kuldeep Yadav who picked up eight wickets with the ball. In the batting department, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara played match-winning innings for India that turned the match in India's favor. Gill scored his maiden test ton and made 110 runs in the second inning.
Meanwhile, Pujara, who missed a well-deserved century in the first inning, went on to score a test century after almost 40 months. He registered scores of 90 and 102 not out in two innings for India. In fact, the 34-year-old scored his career's fastest century off just 130 balls.
Now, Pujara will have yet another chance to count on his form and score some runs ahead of an all-important four-match test series against Australia at home starting in February. With that, the veteran batter will eye a major record in the second test against Bangladesh.
The 34-year-old has 6984 runs in his test career and is only 16 runs away from becoming the eighth Indian batter to reach 7000 runs. He will join the list of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, and Sourav Ganguly with 7,000-plus runs in red-ball cricket.
On the other hand, Pujara also needs just 12 more runs to surpass the all-time great batter Don Bradman's tally of 6996 runs. Bradman scored 6996 runs in 52 tests at an incredible average of 99.9, with 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries.
The second match will start at 9 a.m. as per Indian timing. All eyes will be on the Indian batsmen. Especially, Stand-in skipper Rahul struggled in the first game along with the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Both of them will also like to score some runs in the last game.