Often Jasprit Bumrah is not a likeable sight for any batsman, especially not when it comes to facing him against a hard new red ball. But for Will Pucovski, Australia’s latest batting sensation, it rekindled decade back memories of playing PlayStation.
Will Pucovski, after averaging over 50 in domestic cricket with back-to-back double hundreds and Joe Burns inconsistent form, was given a Test debut – not before recovering from his 9th concussion – in Sydney against India.
The right-hander was about to face India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah in the first over; instead of being intimidated or taken aback, his mind took a trip down memory lane when he used to spend time on the PlayStation game.
“I actually genuinely felt like I like was playing PlayStation game, it was like International Cricket 2011 or something on PlayStation. They had this view, so I still remember faking illness to get a day off school when the game came out,” Will Pucovski told Cheese Toasties.
It was like facing England with Shane Watson: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski, who made 62 in his debut Test innings at the SCG, reveals that he liked to bat as former Australia great, Shane Watson on the videogame. So when he saw Bumrah on top of his mark ready to fire in thunderbolts, he felt like he was playing the Ashes game as Shane Watson against their arch-rivals.
“I loved Shane Watson at that time. So, whenever Shane Watson was opening the batting and they had this new view. I thought it was pretty cool where you were like a bit of a spider cam above the batter, so you’d be almost facing.
“Still, I had played a PlayStation game there, getting Shane Watson a 100 on Ashes cricket whatever year it was when I skipped a day of school. So, I still remember it, and I was like I genuinely remember sitting there Bumrah was at the top of his mark, and I’m like I know this because this is what happened when I was facing England with Shane Watson,” the opener added.
Will Pucovski missed the last Test of the series against India in Brisbane after suffering an injury in Sydney. He was about to make his return to the Test side against South Africa. However, unfortunately, Cricket Australia has indefinitely postponed the tour to South Africa citing health concerns due to the covid situation in South Africa.