Australian cricket have hit rock bottom at the moment. A series loss to an India C side is something that they should sit and work on it for the future cause. The GABBA, is one venue where they haven’t lost a single test game for more than 31 years and now, it has all been done and dusted by an Indian team that had several fringe players.
India battled hard, they gave everything they had, they were hit hard, sledged hard, had to endure racist comments and amidst all these things they just did nothing but remained patient. They backed their skills but more than that, they backed their mental ability to outdo the Aussies. One man who led from the front in that regards is Cheteshwar Pujara.
Yes, Cheteshwar Pujara was called as the ultimate warrior by the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri in the post match dressing room video that was released by BCCI. He was targeted hard with nasty bouncers from the Australian bowlers right through the series and he happily obliged it and used those bouncers to enhance his mental ability. He stood there like a rock in spite of the sledges that were directed at him and proved his inexplicable worth to this Indian test team.
Josh Hazlewood troubled him with a barrage of short balls on Day 5 of the 4th test. The Saurashtra batsman tried his best to duck under it but the pace of Australian bowlers were too much that Cheteshwar Pujara had no time to react to it. Josh Hazlewood sledged him in the process but it didn’t move Cheteshwar Pujara even one bit.
India host England for a long tour in which they play 4 tests and 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The series kickstarts with the test series on February 5 in Chepauk and India need to win at least 3 games to qualify for the finals of WTC.
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