The Indian Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara has earned the name of being a modern-day wall in the longest format of the game. A man who is known for his immense patience and a never-say-die attitude, Pujara has played a plethora of match-saving innings during his association with the Indian team. He has been one of the most crucial batsmen in modern-day cricket, being instrumental in the nation’s success in the five-day format.
Cheteshwar Pujara garnered praises from all corners after a brilliant performance during India’s historic triumph Down Under. In the Border-Gavaskar trophy, one of the most enticing battles was that between Pat Cummins and Pujara, and during a recent interaction with Cricbuzz, the Australian fast bowler reckoned that he feels like knowing Pujara even without having spoken a word to him.
Pat Cummins elaborated, “I feel like I know Pujara too well even without speaking a word to him, he is an absolute stonewall. Just when we thought we would be able to get through with the series without him having a huge impact like he had a couple of years earlier, he batted really well at the SCG and then at the Gabba”.
Notably, Pujara suffered a plethora of body blows while facing both Cummins and Josh Hazlewood during the Gabba Test, but he refused to give up.
Talking about the Gabba Test, Pat Cummins said, “I think if someone is looking really solid in defense, if you can hit them a couple of times or whizz a couple [of balls] past their eyes, 10 out 10 times their approach changes and as a bowler, you feel that you have created an opportunity. But in that [4th Test] game, Pujara just kept wearing the blows on the body.”
He further added, “Really, courageous innings. I haven’t seen anyone copping blows like that. He [Pujara] is a class player. And that is one of the things to love about Test cricket. You get to see Pujara bat with someone like Rishabh Pant; two completely different personalities, but as cricket fans, you have to admire both of them.”