On Cheteshwar Pujara’s b’day, here’s a video which proves why is he India’s Ultimate Warrior in Tests – WATCH& |  Photo Credit: AP
- Team India’s ‘Batting Rock’ Cheteshwar Pujara is celebrating his 33rd birthday
- Pujara played an instrumental role in Team India’s maiden series triumph on Australia soil in 2018/19
- The 33-year-old is known for his ultra-defensive approach of playing red-ball cricket
If young guns Rishabh Pant and Shubhman Gill played series of mature knocks to fill the void of star batsmen in tour Down Under, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara turned out to be the knight in shining armour who carved out a historic series win for the Virat Kohli-less side with his batting vigils and blockathons. Widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen to play the longest and oldest format of the gentlemen’s game, Pujara championed the notorious Australian tracks by showcasing nothing but valour and grit.
Innings after innings, the flamboyant batsman counter-attacked the potent Australian bowling attack spearheaded by the likes Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood to make sure a battered, bruised and abused Indian side script history by successfully retaining the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time in a row on Australian soil.
As Pujara is celebrating his 33rd birthday, let’s cast our minds back to this video shared by Cricket Australia (CA) which proves why the star batsman is India’s Ultimate Warrior in Test cricket. In the video, the batting rock of Team India can be seen weathering the deadly bouncer barrage of the Aussies at The Gabba. Pujara was hit at least 10 times by the Aussie bowlers in the Gabba Test!
While star batsman Pant played the match-winning knock of 89* against the mighty Aussies at The Gabba, Pujara provided able support to India’s top and middle-order with his patient innings to help the Ajinkya Rahane-led side breach Australia’s fortress in the series decider.
Talking about Pujara’s final blockathon against the Tim Paine-led side, India’s Numero-Uno negated series of devastating fast-bowling spells from the pace troika of Cummins, Starc, and Hazlewood throughout the crucial Day 5 sessions of the Brisbane Test.
Frustrating the Australian bowling attack in the series decider, Pujara notched up a match-changing half-century which was also the slowest fifty scored by India’s Test specialist in red-ball cricket. Pujara scored 56 off 211 balls in the 4th and final Test match of the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
In the 2020/21 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Pujara negotiated with 928 deliveries – the most by any batsmen in the four-match bilateral series between India and Australia. With three half-centuries and a total of 271 runs, the batting maestro finished the series as the fourth-highest run-getter for the Asian giants.
Pujara is the 10th highest scorer for India in the longest format. With 28 half-centuries and 8 centuries, the star batsman has amassed 6,111 runs in 81 Test matches. In terms of active cricketers, Pujara is only behind skipper Virat Kohli in the list of leading run-getters for Team India in whites.