Cheteshwar Pujara | Mitchell Johnson | Australia vs India 2018 |
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Cheteshwar Pujara of India celebrates his half century during day one of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson shared high praise for Indian National Cricket team batsman Cheteshwar Pujara calling him a Test playing run machine.

Meanwhile, Pujara has been in scintillating form since he stepped onto the field in Australia. So far, he has been the highest run-getter bailing India out from dying situations in the two Tests played so far. Virat Kohli & Co took a 1-0 lead at Adelaide with Cheteshwar Pujara playing two match-winning knocks.

He stood strong from one end to score a brilliant century as India lost wickets from the other in the first innings. In the second essay, Pujara shared a valuable partnership with Ajinkya Rahane to help his side post a target which was out of Australia’s reach.

Mitchell Johnson | Australia vs India 2018 |
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Although he was not in his usual best at Perth, he has made amends in Melbourne scoring a brilliant half-century so far. He came to the field when India lost Hanuma Vihari at 40 runs. Since then he has looked rock solid dominating the potent Australian bowling attack. He was of pure class driving the ball through the covers and rotating the strike with ease.

Cheteshwar Pujara along with skipper Virat Kohli looked in line to share a big partnership as India look to post a massive first inning total. Watching Pujara scoring runs in almost all the games, former Aussies speedster Mitchell Johnson lauded India’s one drop batter.

Pujara is a Test playing run machine,” Johnson tweeted.¬†


Ankush Das

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