- Pujara kept Indian batting in Australia
- After Brisbane Test, coach Ravi Shastri also praised Pujara
- Pujara got the ball several times but kept playing with confidence
- Cheteshwar Pujara made a brilliant half century in the fourth innings of the Gaba Test
The liveliness that Cheteshwar Puajra performed on the Australian tour is being praised. Especially in the fourth innings of the India vs Australia Brisbane Test, he was fiercely targeted.
He was hit by Australian bowlers several times. Sometimes with a helmet, sometimes with globs, sometimes on a rib. But all this also did not deter his confidence. He made a brilliant half century and helped the Indian team to a strong position.
Grips were done with four fingers
Pujara has now talked about this innings. He has said that batting with an injured finger was not easy. In both the Sydney and Brisbane Test, he batted with a finger injury. He said that the pain increased significantly when the ball hit his finger again in the Gaba Test. Things had become so difficult that he could not even catch the bat properly. Pujara said that he was able to grip the bat with four fingers.
In an interview to English newspaper Hindustan Times, Pujara said, “It was not easy for me to bat due to finger injury. I was in a lot of pain. It happened during the practice match in the Melbourne Test.
Everything went well in the end
He said, ‘When I was batting in Sydney and Brisbane Test, it was not easy for me to hold the bat properly. Then when the ball hit Brisbane again, the pain increased. I was playing by holding the bat with four fingers. It was not natural, but in the end everything went well. ‘
Being aggressive is not an option
Pujara said that given the circumstances of the match, he did not want to give his wicket to the Australian team. This could put pressure on the Indian middle order. Pujara admitted that he does not play pull shots very well and because of this he does not want to be dismissed by playing aggressive shots.
He said, ‘When I was playing in the second innings, playing aggressively was not a good option. The match situation did not allow this. I don’t play good pull shots. It’s not that I don’t know how to play pull shot, I just didn’t want to take any risk at that time. ‘
Pujara had scored 56 runs off 244 balls. The Indian team captured the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2–1, scoring a target of 328 runs in the fourth innings at Brisbane.