Pat Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Pat Cummins of Australia and team mates celebrate taking the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara during day five of the 4th Test Match in the series between Australia and India at The Gabba on January 19, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old India National Cricket Team batter Cheteshwar Pujara has named the Australia National Cricket Team pace spearhead Pat Cummins as the toughest bowler he has ever faced in the international cricket arena.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been a mainstay in the Indian Test team for more than a decade, recently completed 12,000 runs in first-class cricket.

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Pujara. Pic Credits: Twitter.

The veteran batter has got a great record against Australia National Cricket Team in the purest format of the game as he has registered 1893 runs at an incredible average of 54.08 in 20 matches. Also, he has scored five centuries and 10 fifties against the Aussies.

Meanwhile, Pujara lauded the Australian Test and ODI captain, Pat Cummins, but added that he is the toughest bowler to face, especially in Australian conditions.

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“I would go with Pat Cummins. In Australia,” Pujara said in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo.

Cheteshwar Pujara was also asked to name a bowler from the past whom he would like to face, and he picked Australian pace-bowling great Glenn McGrath.

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Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pujara, meanwhile, picked West Indies batting great Brian Lara as the batsman whom he would like to partner with in a dream scenario.

“I have never played any cricket with him (Lara). I was part of IPL, but I was not able to play with him,” he said.

The 34-year-old further picked his 92-run innings against Australia in Bengaluru in 2017 as the most memorable innings of his career in Test cricket.

Meanwhile, Pujara will be up against Cummins in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Notably, he was one of the unsung heroes of India in their historic 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy win on Australian soil.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 will be played across four different venues in India. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur will host the first Test from February 9 to 13, and the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21.

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Pujara (Credits: Getty)

The third Test will be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala from March 1 to 5 and the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13.

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