Cheteshwar Pujara’s persistence and resilience were put to the test time and again by the Australian bowlers in the fourth innings of the Gabba Test, but they couldn’t shake his confidence and scored a pivotal half-century, laying the foundation for the historic victory from India. Despite handling several body punches, Pujara stuck to his game plan and exhausted the Australian bowlers for nearly two sessions. Of his match-defining knock, Pujara said it was not easy for him to hit with a finger injury in the last two test matches in Sydney and Brisbane. He also said that after being hit on the finger on Day 5 of the Gabba test, his pain worsened further and made it difficult for him to grip the bat properly and he had to hold the bat with four fingers.
“Also, the finger injury was not easy to beat. I was in some pain. This happened during one of the training sessions in Melbourne,” said Pujara in an interview with the Hindustan Times.
“When I was hitting in Sydney and Brisbane, it was not easy to grip the bat properly. When I was hit again in Brisbane, there was more pain. I had to grip the bat with four fingers. It wasn’t natural. It still worked out pretty well, ”he added.
Pujara said given the match situation that he did not want to give his wicket away to the Australian bowlers and allowed them to put pressure on India’s middle class. Pujara acknowledged that he is not the best of a pull shot and therefore decided not to include the bowlers and leave in the process.
“In the second innings I played, it was not a good option, given the game situation. My pull shot is not one of the best. It’s not that I can’t play a pull shot, but I wouldn’t at the time. risk.
“Because of the way the game was positioned, my wicket had more value than getting a few bounds. It was also risky to defend the ball or get on top of the bounce,” said Pujara, explaining his game plan on the fifth. and last day of the Brisbane Test.
Pujara’s gritty 56 came off 244 balls in the fourth innings while India chased a total of 328 runs to complete a remarkable turnaround and take the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.
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