Australia’s quick Pat Cummins feels it is imperative for the team to go past Cheteshwar Pujara when India tours later in the year. Pujara was the difference between the two sides in the previous series which India had won by 2-1. The solid batsman scored 521 runs in the four-match series with the help of three centuries. The Australian bowlers just could not crack a code to dismiss Pujara before he made the damage.
The right-hander faced 1258 balls in the series and sucked every ounce of energy from the Australian pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Pujara hardly gave anything and he breathed down the neck of the hosts’ bowlers.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the spine of the Indian batting.
The Indian team is once set to tour Australia for the four-match series and Cummins believes it is crucial for them to get rid of Pujara. The right-hander has the skills of batting for a long time and he can take the game away from the Australians.
The Saurashtra’s batsman batting pillars are laid on a solid defense and it is not an easy task to shake him up. Cummins believes it would be pivotal to get Pujara out of his comfort zone to get the better of him. The number one Test bowler is hopeful that the Australian pitches will provide assistance to them.
“He had a mammoth series for them (in 2018-19),” Cummins told cricket.com.au this week.
“He’s one of those players that’ll take his time, he’s in his own little bubble and he doesn’t get disturbed by too much.
“We’ve got to find a way to outlast him if he bats the way he did last time. There wasn’t too much in the pitch so you couldn’t manufacture anything.
“So I think (we need to) take our medicine a bit more and try and outlast him.
“But we’ll wait and see. Hopefully the wickets are a bit bouncier (and) we’ve got a few more options.”
Cheteshwar Pujara is the hardest to bowl to.
It is going to be really important for Australia to get their plans right while bowling against Cheteshwar Pujara. Cummins is the number one bowler in the Test rankings and he would like to take the onus on himself to go past Pujara. The gun pacer had scalped 99 International wickets in 2019 and he is going to hold the key for Australia.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts has confirmed that there are 90% chances that the tour will go on during the Covid-19 era. If the Indian tour is canceled, then Cricket Australia will suffer a huge loss of A$300 million.