Cheteshwar Pujara’s grit & determination was tested by the Australians bowlers in the fourth innings of the Gabba Test but they failed to break him down as he went on to score a crucial half century laying down a solid foundation for India’s historic victory.
Despite of facing several body blows during his knock, Pujara didn’t lose his confidence & faced the Australian bowlers for almost two sessions. Talking about his outstanding knock, Pujara said that it was not easy for him to bat with a finger injury which he suffered in the last two test matches in Sydney & Brisbane. He further revealed that after getting hard hit on the injured finger on Day 5 of the Gabba Test has further aggravated his pain & as a result he faced difficulty in gripping the bat properly & he had to grip the bat with four fingers.
“Also, with the finger injury it wasn’t easy for me to bat. I was in some pain. This happened during one of the practice sessions in Melbourne,” Pujara said in an interview with the Hindustan Times.
“When I was batting in Sydney and Brisbane, it wasn’t easy to grip the bat properly. When I got hit again at Brisbane, there was more pain. I had to grip the bat with four fingers. It wasn’t natural. Things still worked out pretty well,” he added.
Cheteshwar Pujara said looking at the match situation he didn’t want to give away his wicket to the Aussie’s bowlers & allow them to put India’s middle batting order under pressure. He said that he is not the best of the players to hit a pull shot hence he decided not to take on the bowlers on and get out in the process.
“In the second innings that I was playing, taking it on wasn’t a great option, considering the match 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 risk it at that point of time.
“The way the game was positioned, my wicket had more value than getting a couple of boundaries. Also, defending the ball or getting on top of the bounce was risky,” said Pujara, explaining his game plan on the fifth and final day of the Brisbane Test.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s scored 56 runs off 244 balls in the fourth innings as India chased down a target of 328 runs to complete a remarkable turnaround & clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.