Cheteshwar Pujara was hit on his ribs, shoulder, finger, and helmet (twice so far) all through Day 5 of the Brisbane Take a look at, and he remained unfazed by all of the physique blows. The gritty Indian batsman put up a present which so summarises the Indian workforce on the tour of Australia.
Pujara sustained the short-ball barrage from Australian bowlers — Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood particularly on the ultimate day of the Take a look at at The Gabba as India chased down 328 to safe a 2-1 win within the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Talking of his innings, which noticed him play 212 deliveries and subsequently carrying out the Australian tempo battery, Pujara mentioned he got here in ready to play the barrage of bouncers and ache is one thing he has handled by way of his total profession.
“From my early days, I’m not within the behavior of taking pain- killers. That’s why my threshold to bear ache is fairly excessive. You play for so lengthy, you get used to getting hit,” Pujara instructed Indian Specific.
Pujara defined why he purposely let the ball hit his physique as Pat Cummins made issues tough for him within the center along with his quick deliveries.
“I largely obtained hit from one finish and that too in opposition to (Pat) Cummins. There was this crack on the pitch across the short-of-length spot from the place the ball would simply take off. Cummins has the ability to make the ball rear up from there and make it observe you.
“In case I took my hand up to defend it, there was a danger that I might glove the ball. Contemplating the match state of affairs and the way we couldn’t afford to lose wickets, I made a decision to let the ball hit my physique,” he mentioned.