India’s batting hero in the Adelaide Test, Cheteshwar Pujara, on Thursday said that he was looking forward to having his share of chocolate milkshake to recover from his energy-sapping innings on the 1st day of the first Test against Australia.
Pujara had single-handedly saved India’s innings after the top players including captain Virat Kohli got out cheaply, leaving India at 41/4 before lunch. Pujara, who scored his 16th Test century, went on to score 123 runs including seven boundaries and 2 brilliant sixes. His ton took India’s total to 250 for 9 at stumps.
The batting hero later said that the century at the Adelaide Oval cricket ground was special. He said, “Early on, it was tough to bat on this pitch. But I settled, I knew I could play my shots. This is one of the best Test innings I can say.”
The Indian batting star said that the century on Thursday had taken its toll on him and he had to ‘recover a lot.’ Pujara said, “I will have to see the physio, take a massage. It’s important to recover in time. Although, we’ve been playing a lot of cricket in India, but the heat in Australia has been different.”
He said he was a not a big fan of ice bath but he may have to take one today. The batting star also revealed that he was looking forward to ‘chocolate milkshake’ before he is back on the field on Friday. “It has to be a milkshake, chocolate milkshake,” he explained laughingly.
Pujara had received a great support from R Ashwin with whom he held a partnership of 62 runs for the 7th wicket. After Ashwin was out for 25, the remaining tailenders could not be of much help as India lost two more wickets in quick succession.
At stumps, Mohammed Shami was batting at 6 while Jasprit Bumrah was yet to open his account. For Australia, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathon Lyon scalped two wickets apiece.