The presence of David Warner and Steve Smith makes Australia stronger, but Cheteshwar Pujara has complete confidence in India’s “remarkable” bowlers, who he believes have the means to repeat the historic win of the 2018 / 19 Write test sequence. Pujara’s 500 plus runs with three first-class hundreds were then the cornerstone of a 2-1 series victory, India’s first in Australia in 71 years. However, Smith and Warner did not play in that series due to their ban on tampering with the ball. “It (Australian batting lineup) will be a little stronger than what it was in 2018/19, but then wins aren’t easy. If you want to win outdoors, you have to work hard,” says India’s reliable No. .3 told PTI in an exclusive interview before embarking on the Australia tour.
Pujara believes India’s fast bowling troika Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami can work some magic again like it did in 2018/19, causing a lot of inconvenience to the home batting lineup.
The upcoming tests will begin on December 17.
“Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne are undoubtedly great players. But the great thing about our current crop of bowlers is that most of them play in the same series and our bowling division won’t be much different from what it was in 2018. 19.”
For the fast bowlers in India it’s like a “been there, done that” situation.
“They know how to be successful in Australia as they have had success there in the past. They have their game plans in place and if we can execute them properly they will be able to get Smith, Warner and Labuschagne out quickly. “
“If we can do what we’ve done in the past, I’m sure we have every chance to win the series again.”
The opening test in Adelaide is a day-night game, and hitting the pink kookaburra during the twilight session will bring its own set of challenges, said the man approaching 6,000 test runs (5,840 in 77 matches) with 18 hundreds in his cat. .
“It will be a totally different challenge to play with the pink ball as the pace and bounce also change. We will play pink kookaburra in Australia (against Bangladesh, it was Pink SG Test). It will be something different.”
He believes that jointly overcoming the challenges of playing their first overseas day / night test will have to happen.
“As a team and as an individual, you have to understand and accept it (pink ball and lights) as early as possible and get used to it. There will be a little difference from pink ball,” he said.
“The twilight period is more challenging than other periods, but the more you play and practice more, you get used to it. It takes a while …”
Pujara is an astute student of the game and is known for working on his game with father Arvind Pujara, who is also his one and only coach.
He has plans, but does not want to reveal much.
“The technical aspect is something I can’t discuss. I’d rather not talk about it. It’s a strategic thing that cannot be disclosed.”
“Even on the last tour my preparation was good, I am confident that I can repeat the same preparation for this series as well. I always try to add a few more things to my game that will make me better,” he said .
The 32-year-old is confident that history will repeat itself in Australia this time. “You can’t win games on your own. Yes, you can perform exceptionally well, but you need the support of other players to win. Even the bowling unit was remarkable during the last series.”
“In the end you need 20 wickets to win a test and that was not only my performance, even supporting other batters at one point or another. It was the success of the team. If the Indian team succeeds, it is always a success. moment of pride, ”he recalled.
Pujara practiced at his academy in Rajkot for over two months under the watchful eye of his father.
Is it annoying that he didn’t get enough competition training before he left for Australia? “See, this is a situation that has affected millions of lives and people have lost lives. In normal circumstances we would have played domestic cricket and gone to Australia, but everyone has to think about safety and security.”
“As far as I am concerned, I am happy when I can exercise, exercise, run and move my body properly, whatever I did,” he concludes.
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