Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden stated that the hosts will want lots of caffeine to look at India’s Take a look at specialist Cheteshwar Pujara bat in opposition to them within the upcoming Take a look at collection, commencing on Thursday. Pujara performed an important function in India’s 2-1 Take a look at collection win over Australia in the course of the 2018-19 tour. This was the primary time that India gained a Take a look at collection Down Beneath. The precise-handed batsman has not performed any Take a look at since getting back from New Zealand in March this yr. Nonetheless, he performed the primary tour-game in opposition to Australia A and scored a half-century within the first innings. Pujara’s exploits within the final tour has not been forgotten as he accrued 521 runs together with three tons within the four-match Take a look at collection.
Talking on Star Sports activities present GAME PLAN, Hayden stated, “As you recognize Australians like to drink espresso, and we now have determined to go on just a little marketing campaign to verify we now have loads of caffeine in the case of watching Pujara bat. However, you recognize what the fact is, he damage us badly. We’re of a era now the place we’re admiring individuals for his or her strike play, we’re admiring individuals for his or her strike fee. Nicely, he is without doubt one of the few guys in Take a look at cricket which have a strike fee of sub 45 and he can damage you.”
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels that Pujara’s lack of match apply is not going to make any distinction as he’s a ”mentally sturdy” batsman who likes to spend time on the crease.
“Out of 20 days of Take a look at cricket that we now have forward of us, we’re actually blissful to have him bat for 15 days, there is no such thing as a query about it. Whether or not he has performed any cricket or not, I do not assume it will make any distinction as a result of he’s so sturdy mentally, that he shall be…. he loves batting, he loves being on the crease, he loves sporting the bowlers down. Within the final two years, he has additionally improved his strokes and vary of photographs,” he stated.
India skipper Virat Kohli shall be taking part in simply the primary Take a look at in opposition to Australia, as he’ll return house after being granted paternity depart by the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The primary Take a look at of the four-match collection, starting on December 17, shall be performed on the Adelaide Oval and it might be a day-night contest. Australia has the best-record in day-night Assessments because the facet has not misplaced a single match that has been performed with the pink ball.
Australia had gained the ODI collection whereas the Males in Blue walked away with the honours within the T20I collection.
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