IND vs AUS: “He Showed Three Things” – Sunil Gavaskar Praises Cheteshwar Pujara’s Innings In the Third IND vs AUS Test

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Cheteshwar Pujara has received praise from Sunil Gavaskar for displaying the qualities needed in a successful Test batter.

In the second innings of the third Test match between India and Australia that is now taking place in Indore, Pujara hit 59 runs, but India was eventually dismissed for 163 runs. In the last innings, the visitors must score 76 runs to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after four games.

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Gavaskar praised Cheteshwar Pujara endlessly when summarizing the day’s action on Star Sports, saying:

“Cheteshwar Pujara showed three things – great patience, good technique, and then the intent. Whenever he got a slight chance to punch the ball, he was scoring runs. Whenever he got a chance, he stepped out and drove the ball. In the end, he even hit a six after stepping out.”

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The former Indian captain elaborated when he noted that the Saurashtra hitter is skilled at playing to the needs of the situation: “His intention was always to score runs and that he doesn’t have to just stand on the pitch. We saw his knocks in Brisbane and Sydney, there he was trying to tire the bowlers. Cheteshwar Pujara knows extremely well how to adjust his game according to the match situation.”

During his 59-run innings, Pujara faced 142 deliveries and hit five fours and a six. He was the eighth Indian wicket to go down, expertly taken by Steve Smith at leg slip off of Nathan Lyon’s delivery.

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Sunil Gavaskar was also asked if Pujara’s appearance on the day in question was entirely different from that of the other Indian hitters because he only plays one format, to which he responded: “Yes because you need a different sort of temperament and mentality for that, where you have to show patience. You should have the right technique. In white-ball cricket, you can score runs if you have the hitting ability even if you don’t have a good technique.”

Gavaskar finished by saying that Pujara’s presence at the crease is advantageous to the other hitters. He reasoned that in trying to figure out how to get him out, the opposing bowlers occasionally forgot about his companions.

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