Cheteshwar Pujara received numerous blows to his body during the India vs Australia test series. During the Brisbane test, he was hit in the helmet and chest as well as in the arm in a hostile spell from Pat Cummins. In Sydney and Brisbane he took a lot of hits but always persevered. In the set of four tests, Cheteshwar Pujara landed fifty on 174 balls and 196 balls, two of the slowest fifties of his career. Still, he played 928 balls to crush the Australian quartet of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon. If Cheteshwar Pujara had exhausted Australia with his appetite for races in 2018/19, then in 202- / 21 he exhausted them with his ability to withstand penalties and beat regardless. In both cases, India won the series in Australia.
Body bruised, Cheteshwar Pujara and his skipper Ajinkya Rahane contested all events as the rest of the Indian roster succumbed to injury after injury. However, in an interview with Indian Express, Cheteshwar Pujara said what prompted him to continue in the Test series. It was his daughter’s words that energized Cheteshwar Pujara every time he took a hit. “When he gets home I’ll kiss where he’s hurt, he’ll be fine,” Cheteshwar Pujara’s two-year-old daughter Aditi said every time he returned to the hotel.
Cheteshwar Pujara the New Wall of India
After India made history in Brisbane, Indian National Cricket Team Head Coach Ravi Shastri hailed Cheteshwar Pujara as the ultimate warrior. However, former Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Cheteshwar Pujara is now very similar to Rahul Dravid and the Aussie leaders cannot get him out.
“Well, he’s Rahul Dravid again. Isn’t he? Well, I was lucky enough to play against the Great Wall. Games very similar to Pujara’s game. He’s very tough; he doesn’t. Don’t give it away. He withstood criticism; people said Cummins had his measure but they just couldn’t get him out. He overcame it all but he didn’t change his natural game. That’s why he deserves it. so much credit. In a cricket world where everyone wants fours and sixes, there is still a role for a player like Pujara. He played a huge role not only in India winning the Gabba test , but again in India’s success under these conditions, ”Clarke told Sports Today.
When India won the Brisbane test, Cheteshwar Pujara tweeted: “Did you know emotional and filled with pride. The character and skill of the whole team has been commendable. Times like these make sure that the countless hours of hard work and training are well worth it. ” The emotion was due to the fact that his daughter had the innocent and perfect remedy for all the pain he was enduring.