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Why Cheteshwar Pujara Is A Batsman Unlike Any Other

India is 4/303 at stumps on day one of the fourth Test in Sydney.

For their solid position, they can primarily thank two things -- the small silver coin which fell their way allowing them to bat, and the rock otherwise known as Cheteshwar Pujara, who made his third century of the series.

Quite simply, he has been the difference between the teams.

Pujara is a batsman unlike almost any other in modern cricket. While he has declared himself available for the short forms of the game, he currently only plays Tests.

Which means his next day of work in whites -- after this match -- will be in July.

Not that he is dour, uninventive, stodgy, ugly or limited in any way. Pujara is actually quite a nice batsman to watch. He's wristy as all Indians are, and he plays classical drives too. He's no Kohli, sure, but who is?

The thing about Pujara that really stands him apart is his patience. Earlier today, Mayank Agarwal, in just his second Test, played a young man's innings with his 77. It included two sixes before he tried to smack a third and was caught out near the boundary.

"His patience is inspirational," Agarwal said at the end of play of Pujara. "And his composure... it is simply fascinating to watch him bat."

It sure is, albeit a little frustrating with your green-and-gold goggles on.

"A little bit patchy, we had some good spells and some poor ones," Aussie bowler Josh Hazlewood said after play, more or less summing up the day.

Australia has a huge fight now to save both this match and the series, and we'll see you tomorrow to see what happens. In the meantime, you can scroll down to see how today's play unfolded.

BELOW:

  • Another century for Pujara
  • Hazlewood gets Kohli!
  • India in control at tea
  • Aggressive Agarwal goes after lunch
  • And that's lunch
  • Hazlewood strikes early!
  • India win toss and bat
  • Why selectors, why?

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