Australia vs India 1st Test: It is debatable Cheteshwar Pujara should have gone for the run or not, but he was again selfless in his approach as he was looking to shield Mohammed Shami during the first Test at Adelaide. Pujara was run out for a gritty 123, a knock according to him is among his top five knocks. But, unfortunately, by running himself out, Pujara bagged an unwanted record that will not make him proud. He joined former Australian cricketer Bill Lawry to get run out the most number of times in a calendar year. Lawry was runout on four occasions in 1964 and 54 years later, Pujara has matched him.
Pujara’s gritty 123 had come to an end, but it took a piece of unreal brilliance on-the-field for that to happen. It is a length ball from Hazlewood, that Pujara worked into the on-side and was desperate to retain strike. What follows is pure brilliance, Cummins moved to his right, picked it up one-handed and hits the bulls-eye off-balanced.
“We should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions. I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls. The way they bowled, they bowled in the right areas. I also felt that our top order should have batted better but they will learn from the mistakes,” he said on Thursday.
“Hopefully we will bat well in the second innings. As far as my innings is concerned, I had prepared well and overall I have the experience of first-class and Test cricket and that came in handy today,” he said.
Pujara’s 16th Test hundred and first in Australia helped India recover to 250/9 at stumps after they had been reduced to 127/6 at one stage.