The first Test between India and Bangladesh may have been won by Kuldeep Yadav, who took eight wickets, but Cheteshwar Pujara also contributed significantly to his team’s convincing 188-run victory at Chattogram. Pujara ensured that India batted Bangladesh out of the game with scores of 90 and 100 in the first and second innings, respectively. Pujara was essential to India’s prospects in the first innings when they were down to 112/4. Pujara batted through and formed a significant partnership with Shreyas Iyer, understanding the value of playing a strong inning. Pujara came within 10 runs of reaching his century but made up for it in the second inning by scoring his maiden century for India in over three years.

The pace with which Pujara scored throughout his innings was astonishing. Pujara scored his quickest century for India while batting at a strike rate of 78.46 off only 130 balls. Pujara, who is renowned for consuming deliveries, is everything but a hitter who scores runs quickly. However, India’s No. 3 hitter put on a rare performance on Day 3 of the first Test after playing comparable innings for Sussex earlier in the year. Pujara reached his 19th Test century on the strength of 13 boundaries, but his 90-ball first innings are what people remember him for.

“It was unique. In the second inning, I never thought I’d reach the three-figure threshold. I was almost 50 by tea, but I didn’t realize there was still time to reach 100. I had been practicing several shots, which benefited me in this specific game, and it went pretty well. I missed out on a hundred in the first innings, but it was a crucial knock for the team, therefore it was the memorable knock for me “Pujara made this statement after India grabbed a 1-0 series lead.

India’s prospects have improved with their victory in Chattogram, which came after Australia’s lopsided victory over South Africa, and their path to the World Test Championship final has become more open. India is now in the third position and has to win at least three of their last four Test matches to go to The Oval final. Pujara, who was dropped from the Indian Test set-up earlier this year after the series against South Africa, batted out of his skin in County Cricket to earn a comeback into and team and is expected to go through the paces as India hope to make it to back-to-back WTC final.

“We must put forth a lot of effort. To qualify for the WTC final, we’ll need to maintain discipline and ideally win at least three of the four games “according to Pujara.