Australian opener, Will Pucovski was finally given his maiden Test cap for Australia. The 22-year-old was expected to participate in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series from the start, however, a concussion – ninth of his short career – in the practice match ruled him out for the first two Tests against India.
After a lot of hype and talks about the youngster’s talent – he averages 54 in first-class cricket and has smashed two double hundreds in his last three domestic innings – the world ultimately witnessed him at the big stage. Will Pucovski showed why he was worth every inch of all the hype; blunting out the Indian pacers and made his maiden fifty on debut. He summarised it as a “pretty incredible experience.”
“It was a pretty incredible experience. It’s meant everything to be honest, that I am putting in a lot of hard yards on and off the field, hopeful that this day would come and it was a very special day,” Will Pucovski said at the virtual press conference.
Ashwin with his variations was quite challenging: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski, when asked about the Indian bowlers, said that he found off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin unique and challenging. Ashwin has troubled the Aussie batters in the first two games but went wicketless on an opening day at the SCG.
The Victorian believes that Ashwin has several variations – ball types and speeds – which makes him difficult to score against. Ashwin could have even dismissed Pucovski had Rishabh Pant held onto his catch. Nonetheless, the right-hander played the off-spinner smartly on the front foot and the back foot.
“They (Indian bowlers) are all very good. Playing your first game, I would say Ashwin, probably, is the one who is the most unique in a way. Ashwin just with his different variations and how he uses the same to sort of bowl. But yes his little-different variations, was something that I hadn’t really experienced before, so that was quite challenging,” said Will Pucovski.
The hosts end the rain-curtailed day at the score of 166/2. Marnus Labuschagne is heading towards his century and Steve Smith towards his half-century.