Cheteshwar Pujara: Cheteshwar Pujara has been a force to reckon with in the ongoing four-match Test series between India and Australia. Pujara has already scored two centuries in six innings and is the leading run-getter in the series. The Rajkot-born batter scored a gritty ton in the first innings but was sent packing for a two-ball duck by Aussie seamer Pat Cummins. Pujara, following his disappointing duck, matched an unwanted feat of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. The 30-year-old batsman achieved the feat of being dismissed for a hundred and a duck in the same match twice.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been a completely different player to the one that toured Australia back in 2014, in terms of runs scored if not in any other aspect. After scoring his second hundred in this series, Pujara asserted that there has been no conscious effort to silence those who criticized him for his performances four years ago.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been in prime form in the ongoing Test series against Australia but there has been no conscious effort to silence critics who have panned him for his underwhelming performance in 2014.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been the key factor in India’s good run in Australia in the ongoing series. In Adelaide, his knocks of 123 and 71 helped India secure a 31-run win to help Virat Kohli’s side win the first match of the series in a Test Down Under for the first time. In Melbourne, Pujara hit his 17th century and his partnership with Kohli helped India reach 443/7 declared on a difficult pitch. However, in the second innings, with India leading by 292 runs, Pujara attempted to flick a full ball from Pat Cummins but he found the fielder at leg gully to depart for 0. Things got worse for India as Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) fell to Cummins as the bowler picked up four wickets in a sensational burst.
Cheteshwar Pujara has been in prime form in the current Test series against Australia but there has been no conscious effort to silence critics who have panned him for his underwhelming performance Down Under in 2014.
“When I play international cricket, I don’t need to silence anyone. I just need to keep scoring runs and that is what I love to do. I don’t want to get into all such things. My job is to score runs and I will keep scoring runs, whether it is home or away,” Pujara said after scoring his 17th Test hundred.
However, he accepted that once a player starts winning games for his country, even the critics can be kept at bay.
“Sometimes you do get criticized and you just have to accept it. But if you keep scoring runs and if India keeps winning, ultimately everybody is happy,” Pujara said.‘Could have scored 150’.