Marcus Harris, the Australian left-handed batter, was left awestruck with Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year in January. At The Gabba in Brisbane, deemed as Australia’s fortress, Cheteshwar Pujara got scores of 25 and 56, but it’s his resilience in the middle that garnered him praises from Marcus Harris, pundits, and the netizens.
During his stay, Cheteshwar Pujara copped a few blows on the body, however, didn’t show any signs of anguish. Marcus Harris, who was a part of the game, went on to say that Cheteshwar Pujara batted like an Australian because of the way he staved off the opposition bowling.
Marcus Harris: Cheteshwar Pujara Batted Like An Australian While Rishabh Pant’s Innings Was Unbelievable
Marcus Harris, who made 43 in the match, also had words of praises for Rishabh Pant, who was adjudged as the Player of the Match for scoring an unbeaten 89 in the fourth innings. The 28-year-old Marcus Harris put forth his views while speaking on the ‘Cricket Life Stories’ YouTube channel.
“The final day was amazing to watch. We were thinking the whole day if they would go for the runs or not. I think Rishabh played the best innings that day, but for Pujara to be copping an absolute barrage from everyone, it felt like he batted a bit like an Australian, taking everything on the chest and getting on with it. The rest of the team just batted around him,” Marcus Harris told.
“Rishabh Pant’s innings was unbelievable. Everyone says he has magic in him, and he has shown that a few times now. 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,” Marcus Harris added.
After being set a target of 328, India lost the early wicket of Rohit Sharma to Pat Cummins. But Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill’s 114-run stand for the second wicket set the tone for the rest of the run-chase.
Against Australia, in 2020-21, he scored 271 runs in 4 matches at an average of 33.87. As he played at a strike rate of 29.20, his intent was under heavy scrutiny. On 19 January 2021, during the fourth Test match against Australia on The Gabba, Cheteshwar Pujara scored his slowest Test half-century ever. He reached his half-century on the 196th ball that he faced and passed his old record of a 174 ball half-century against Australia in 2020.
Shubman Gill’s 91 And Rishabh Pant’s Unbeaten 89 Saw India Breach Australia’s Gabba Fortress After 32 Years
Shubman Gill was unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test ton as he got out on 91. However, Rishabh Pant’s belligerence coupled with Washington Sundar’s 29-ball 22 made sure that India got over the finishing line and emerge victorious to seal the series 2-1.
As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91). Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5.