The veteran Australian fast bowler, Pat Cummins was seen showering praises at the Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, stating that he is a class player. The fast bowler was also of the opinion that Australia will plan well for Pant, when India and Australia play again. Pant had played a match-winning knock of 89 runs to help the visitors breach the Gabbatoire last month, and this helped India win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Talking about the same and ruing a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Pat Cummins said, “It is kind of a flip of the coin because while Pujara was there, the game was not moving too quickly, but you know once Rishabh walks in, it is going to start moving quickly either way. He takes the game on and to the outside, it might look like it is quite slapdash, but he knows his game really well, he knows when to attack and what his scoring areas are.”
India had lost the first Test against Australia in Adelaide by eight wickets, and after that skipper, Virat Kohli came back home to attend the birth of his first child. However, the visitors turned their fortunes around under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, and they went on to win matches at Melbourne and Brisbane, while the Test at Sydney ended in a draw.
Cummins was involved in a key battle against Cheteshwar Pujara throughout the series, and the pacer hailed the batsman as a “brick wall.” He managed to dismiss Pujara five times in eight innings, while the Indian batsman had amassed 271 runs in the four-match series. The Australian speedster, on the other hand, was named as the Player of the Series as he took 21 wickets.
Talking about Cheteshwar Pujara, Pat Cummins said, “After the first two games, in some ways, I thought he might have had to adapt to try to take the game on a little bit more and put pressure back on the bowlers. But if anything, he went the other way. He went, “No, I know my game so well, I am going to just bat and bat and scoring will take care of itself” – whether it is down the other end or later in his innings.”