India had scripted history at The Gabba in Brisbane by breaking Australia’s 32-year-old streak of winning at that ground and conquering the prestigious Border Gavaskar Trophy by 2-1. Two young Indian batsmen Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant were widely hailed for their match-defining knocks of 91 and 89 runs respectively on the Day 5 of the Brisbane Test.
However, many failed to acknowledge the efforts of the veteran Cheteshwar Pujara who had truly lived up to his name, The Wall, and had played one of the most under-rated knocks of his cricket career. Pujara acted as a shield for the Men in Blue on Day 5 as he took all the blows on his body but didn’t easily give away his wicket to the opposition. The 32-year-old had also smashed his slowest ever Test half-century by scoring 56 runs off 211 deliveries.
Cheteshwar was hit by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for as many as 10 times in the fourth innings. Speaking about the same, the batsman told Indian Express-
“From my early days, I am not in the habit of taking pain- killers. That’s why my threshold to bear pain is pretty high. You play for so long, you get used to getting hit. I mostly got hit from one end and that too against (Pat) Cummins.”
Cheteshwar Pujara reveals his adorable conversation with his daughter
“There was this crack on the pitch around the short- of-length spot from where the ball would just take off. Cummins has the skill to make the ball rear up from there and make it follow you. In case I took my hand up to defend it, there was a risk that I would glove the ball. Considering the match situation and how we couldn’t afford to lose wickets, I decided to let the ball hit my body,”
On being asked how his family reacted to his getting injured for so many times in a single game, Pujara shared an adorable incident where his two-year-old daughter Aditi promised to kiss his wounds and treat him once he goes back home.
“When he comes home, I will kiss where he is hurt, he will be fine. That’s what I do to her when she falls, so she believes that a kiss can heal every wound,” Pujara concluded.
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