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Cheteshwar Pujara batted like an Australian at the Gabba: Marcus Harris

May 22, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Australian opening batsman Marcus Harris expressed his views on India's heroic Test match victory at the Gabba and Brisbane. He stated that it was a challenging experience for the Australian to have been on the losing end. Still, the entire team appreciates the stunning effort from the visiting Indian team. Harris reckoned that Pujara's brilliant knock made the difference on the last day of the series decider at the iconic stadium, Gabba. Ajinkya Rahane-led team India became the first side to defeat the Kangaroos in Australia at the Gabba since 1988-89 season.

Rishabh Pant's unbeaten knock of 89 helped India script history in Brisbane

Cheteshwar Pujara faced around 211 deliveries for his 56. He formed a crucial partnership with opening batsman Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant as India chased down a record-shattering 329 runs to win the series decider. India won the 4-match series 2-1. This is so far Pujara's slowest half-century in the most extended format. The middle-order batsman confronted several blows to the body and hands but still stood firm in the middle. Team India bounced back from an embarrassing loss in the series opener in Adelaide to win the series despite losing some of their crucial players during the course of the 4 Test matches.

Cheteshwar Pujara's dominance on Day 5 at Gabba was a reflection of that spirit as he faced multiple blows on the body. Despite that, Pujara stood still on the ground and refused to give his wicket away. Because of Pujara, other players like Gill, Rahane, and Pant played their aggressive knocks and took the attack to Australia. India's wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant smashed an unbeaten 89 runs off 138 deliveries to help the side seize the victory. The youngster's heroic innings consisted of nine boundaries and a six.
The Indian cricket team scripted history by chasing down 328 on Day 5 of the Gabba Test. The Indian squad quickly tracked the chase that looked quite difficult. However, the men in blue won the match by three wickets.

The previous record for the highest chase at the Brisbane Cricket Ground was by the Australian team. The Australian team chased down 236 against West Indies back in 1951. Arthur Morris, Neil Harvey, and Graeme Hole all contributed 40 runs to grab the victory. Australia's defeat in the Border Gavaskar series against India also ended their unbeaten record at The Gabba.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth