Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has heaped praise on veteran Indian Test batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, stating that he has been a hard nut to crack for the Australian bowlers during his recent stint in Australia.
Pujara, just like his previous form in 2018, seemed to stay in fine touch when he took to the crease on Wednesday in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Pujara came in to bat quite early as Indian opener, Prithvi Shaw, returned back to the pavilion on the second delivery of the match and Pujara stood strong.
Pujara played 160 deliveries on Wednesday on the first day of the Test match and went on to score 43 runs. Brett Lee seemed quite impressed with another maverick effort from Pujara and heaped praise on him.
Brett Lee Lauds Cheteshwar Pujara
“When you have someone who is so patient, you try things as bowlers because you become frustrated. You think, ‘I can’t actually get this guy out.’ You get frustrated, you get angry, you think, ‘This guy is a block artist, how do I get him out?’ Then you try slower balls, you try yorkers, and that feeds into exactly what he wants, he just picks you off,” noted Brett Lee.
Former Australian player, Steve O’Keefe was also impressed with Pujara’s rock-solid stance on the first day of the Adelaide Test and showered words of praise on the Indian batsman.
“If you had to name someone to bat for your life, it would be Pujara, you’d live to 120. It’s a beautiful balance. The forward presses are the platform, and this is why some of the Australians get into trouble. It is because their forward press isn’t quite balanced and it may be flawed whereas Pujara’s is perfect,” said Kerry O’Keeffe.
Team India Bounces Back On Day 2
After bundling out on 244 runs in the first innings, the Indian cricket team bounced back in the match when they came out to bowl as they have gone on to pick Australia’s 4 wickets for 65 runs and have staked a claim in the game.
Star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah claimed a couple of wickets and so did R Ashwin. Ashwin got the more important wicket of Steve Smith as the fine Australian returned back to the pavilion scoring just one run in 29 balls.