When Cheteshwar Pujara first burst on the international scene, the right-handed Saurashtrian batsman was seen as a prodigy of Rahul Dravid. Pujara’s style of play, his batting slot, and the scoring pace were compared with The Wall. Well, as Pujara crossed the 5,000-run mark in Test Cricket, he took the same number of innings as Dravid had taken. Cheteshwar Pujara Scores Century on the Opening Day of Adelaide Test, Completes 5000 Runs to Join Rahul Dravid on This List.
Pujara scored his 5,000th Test run in his 108th innings; the same number of innings the now coach of the Indian U-19 team, Rahul Dravid took. Well, call it a coincidence or what, both the batsman scored the 3,000-run, 4,000-run, and 5,000-run mark in the same of innings. If you don’t believe it, you can take a look here at the comparison. Virat Kohli's Fall of Wicket Video: Usman Khawaja Takes an Unbelievable Catch to Dismiss the Indian Captain.
Runs Comparison: Rahul Dravid vs Cheteshwar Pujara
|Milestone||No. of Innings – Rahul Dravid||No. of Innings – Cheteshwar Pujara|
Pujara has been seen as a perfect substitute to Dravid, since he has made it to the Indian team. So when he crossed the 5,000-run mark during his knock of 123 runs, in the first Test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Day 1, the comparison was bound to happen.
In a striking coincidence, the number of innings taken by two Indian batsmen who played in different decades, turned to be the same! Check the latest updates about India vs Australia 1st Test Match at the Adelaide Oval here!