In a morning when all the Indian batsmen failed to give a good start to their team on the first day of the opening game of the four-match Test series against Australia, the man from Rajkot Cheteshwar Pujara played one of the best knocks of his career to help his team reach a respectable first inning total.
This was the second overseas century for Pujara this year, after his effort in Southampton against England. The 30-year-old cricketer compiled an amazing 123 at Adelaide Oval in the first innings of the match against Australia with India finishing the day’s play with 250 for the loss of 9 wickets.
While talking about his knock, Pujara said that he would rate this knock as among his most memorable and also feels that he has taken India to decent total mainly because the pitch in Adelaide is difficult to bat on.
“It was one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five. I cannot rate whether it was one of the best but the teammates who were appreciating said that this is one of the best.”
He added, “I would say it is a decent total because there is enough turn. Ashwin will also come into play. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it does not look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn’t easy to bat on. It is the grass. The odd-ball is skidding on, and the odd-ball is holding a bit more from the grass. I would say it is kind of a two-paced pitch, not easy to bat on.”
Pujara also shared that it was not easy for him out there as he struggled with a hamstring niggle as he accelerated with the tail-enders, but it was a case of mid over matter in the end.
“It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots, especially when we lost the seventh wicket. Myself and Ashwin were having a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I had batted for two sessions, and I think it was tough considering the weather.”
He also revealed that the hamstring will be assessed by the medical team once again at night.
Pujara concluded, “My leg got stuck into the pitch, and when I was trying to go for the second run, I had a little bit of a pull in my hamstring but I am going to consult the physio later in the day. Hopefully, it is not too bad.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar