Cheteshwar Pujara will have to play a big role if India are eyeing another Test series win in Australia in the coming days. The right-handed batsman had a stunning outing with the bat when India won their first-ever Test series on the Australian soil on their previous tour.
With skipper Virat Kohli to skip the last three Tests of the four-match series to attend the birth of his first child and Rohit Sharma doubtful too, Cheteshwar Pujara’s role will be even bigger. The right-handed batsman will be definitely one of the biggest hurdles for Australia in their quest to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Australia, however, would be delighted with the way James Pattinson managed to get rid of the India batting mainstay in the ongoing three-day first-class fixture between Australia A and India A in Sydney. The hosts might have managed to find a chink in Cheteshwar Pujara’s armour.
The India star started well with the bat and completed his fifty before Australia A came up with a ploy. They stationed a man at leg slip and James Pattinson bowled a well-directed short delivery at Pujara and all the latter could do is to hit the bowl straight to the man at leg-slip.
The Australian team-management must have taken note of Pujara’s dismissal and the latter needs to sort the issue out as the hosts are likely to use the ploy against him in the upcoming series. On the bouncy tracks of Australia, the home side has the bowlers to trouble Pujara with short-pitched bowling.
Here is a clip of Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal:
An unusual tactic from Australia A, but it's done the trick to get the massive wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2020
A series to remember:
Cheteshwar Pujara was the star man when India beat Australia in their own backyard during the 2018-19 Test series. While no other batsmen in the series could score more than 350 runs, Pujara scored a staggering 521 runs with the help of three centuries as India beat Australia 2-1 to register their first-ever Test series win on the Australian soil.
He faced a staggering 1,258 balls in the series which is the most by an Indian in a Test series in Australia surpassing Rahul Dravid’s 1203 balls in the 2003/04 tour. The Saurashtra star batted approximately 1869 minutes in the Test series and India would be hoping that he comes up with a similar performance in the upcoming games.
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