The premier Australian pacer, Pat Cummins is well well aware of the capabilities of the Indian Test specialist, Chesteshwar Pujara. He instead that the Aussies will need to “take their medicine” to outlast the Indian middle-order mainstay in the home series this summer. Pujara’s exploits with the bat in India’s series win in 2018-19 are still unforgettable for Cummins and he would like to avoid a repeat of the same in the upcoming tour.
Pujara was the star of India’s breakthrough 2-1 series win over Australia as they went on to amass 521 runs in the four-match Test series at an average of 74.42 with three centuries and one fifty.
Talking to cricket.com.au., Cummins said, “He’s (Pujara) one of those players that’ll take his time, he’s in his own little bubble and he doesn’t get disturbed by too much. We’ve got to find a way to outlast him if he bats the way he did last time. So I think (we need to) take our medicine a bit more and try and outlast him.”
Cummins hopes the conditions this time would be favoring Australia, saying they would need to get the likes of Pujara out of his comfort zone to stop India. The pacer reckons that he has evolved as a bowler from the 2018-19 tour.
The fast bowler elaborated, “I think each Test I play, I learn a little bit about my own bowling. I’ve probably played 10 or 15 Tests since that series and I feel like with each series I get a little bit better. They might bat all of day one and there’s nothing that’ll stop them batting all of day two unless we take wickets, which they did a few times. They showed us what you have to be, what level you have to be at, to be the best team in the world.”
Overall, Cummins, currently world no.1 Test bowler, feels Australia is far better equipped to handle the Indians now than last time.