Pujara’s astonishing performance was appreciated by cricket fraternity and subsequently was recognised by Kolkata Police — which launched a traffic safety awareness campaign with the picture of batsman marking ‘celebrating of his test ton’.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored first test hundred at Adelaide during first test match against Australia by hitting 123 runs.
Kolkata Police used the top-order Indian batsman’s century celebration picture and clubbed it with a picture of a person wearing seat belt while driving his car.
Kolkata Police posted the picture on their official Twitter account with “Defense should be like Pujara” written on it.
— Kolkata Police (@KolkataPolice) December 7, 2018
Pujara is not the first Indian cricketer to be involved in such traffic signal awareness as his fellow teammate Jasprit Bumrah was a part of Jaipur Traffic Police’s road safety campaign in 2017.
Bumrah was then left enraged by Jaipur Traffic Police’s decision to use his ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final no-ball image as a campaign for road safety.
A large billboard shows the image with two cars behind a line on one side and Bumrah’s no ball on the other with the caption: “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly”.
Bumrah had not found the campaign funny and replied on Twitter. “@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country.” He added, “@traffic_jpr But don’t worry I won’t make fun of the mistakes which you guys make at your work .because I believe humans can make mistakes.”
Australia reduced to 127/6
On December 6, Men in Blue locked horns with the hosts at Adelaide Oval, a sports ground in Australia’s Adelaide.
Pujara’s 123 runs uplifted India’s score to 250 in the first inning. In the process, the top-order batsman also completed his 16 test centuries and finished 5000 runs in his test career by playing a total of 108 innings.
After some wayward bowling by the Indian bowling brigade on Friday’s morning session, Australia were reduced to 127/6 at the end of the day.