Indian Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara was one of the standout batsmen in the Border Gavaskar trophy 2020-2021. He was India’s second leading run scorer in the series, after Rishabh Pant, scoring 271 runs across 4 games. His most notable inning was during the final Test at Gabba, the Australian fortress wherein he showed a great amount of determination despite facing multiple blows on his body and amassed a fifty at a crucial time. He bore the brunt of the Australian seamers’ feisty bouncers.
Marcus Harris lauds Pujara’s and Pant’s heroics at Gabba
Recently, while recalling the Indian batsman’s innings at Gabba, the Australian opener lauded Cheteshwar Pujara’s grit and determination. Harris appreciated Pujara’s efforts with the bat and said that he batted like an Australian in the series-deciding Test. Pujara batted 211 balls for his 56 and stitched a crucial partnership with Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant.
Harris appreciated Pujara’s efforts with the bat and said that he batted like an Australian in the series-deciding Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane.
“I think Rishabh played the best innings that day, but for Pujara to be copping an absolute barrage from everyone and wore them down, I felt he batted a bit like an Australian, taking everything on the chest and got on with it. Everyone else batted around him," Harris mentioned.
It was disappointing to lose the series but sometimes in cricket you just have to tip your hat and say they were too good for us,” the Aussie added.
Wasim Jaffer takes hilarious jibe at Aussie batters
Former Indian cricketer-turned-coach, Wasim Jaffer is one of the most active former cricketers on social media. He is widely known for his wit and sarcasm and the Punjab Kings batting coach took a dig while responding to the Aussie opener’s remarks. Jaffer gave a hilarious reply and wrote “Wonder why the Australians didn’t bat like Australians”.
Check out Jaffer's tweet here
India went on to win the Border-Gavaskar trophy, after facing a dreadful collapse (36 all-out) in the series opener at Adelaide. However, despite Kohli’s absence, the Rahane-led India stood tall in the next 3 games against all odds. India battled numerous injury issues and on-field verbal spats to overcome the odds. The win at Gabba, which had been Australia’s fortress for 32 years, sealed the deal for the Indian side as they won the series 2-1 on Australian soil which stunned the Paine-led Australian team.