In a Test match, there is another result along with defeat and victory, everyone knows this. In such a situation, to draw the match, India had to bat just around two days i.e. 180 overs or a little more by mixing two innings. Had the match been drawn, both the teams would have been declared joint winners in the final. But the Indian batsmen could last only 165 overs even after mixing both the innings. Cheteshwar Pujara scored just 8 runs in 54 balls in the first innings and 15 runs in 80 balls in the second innings. In such a situation, questions are being raised on him from all sides.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s form at a glance
But those who are raising questions, they should probably also see that Cheteshwar Pujara played a very important role in the journey of Team India to the final in the World Test Championship. In December 2018, when the Indian team had lost 5 wickets at the Adelaide Oval ground, it was due to Pujara’s brilliant century that Team India could only reach 250 runs in the first innings of that Test match. In the second innings of the Test too, Pujara scored a half-century to win India in Adelaide and also won the man of the match title. In the Melbourne Test match in the same series, this middle order batsman from Saurashtra played the best innings. Now look at this innings as well. Pujara scored 106 runs in 319 balls. In this test match too, India won by 137 runs. Talking about the last Test match of India vs Australia series in 2021, Team India won by chasing 329 runs in the fourth innings in Brisbane. In that innings too, Pujara scored 56 runs in 211 balls. Rishabh Pant scored 89 and Shubman Gill scored 91 runs to lead India to victory.
Pujara’s record has been better so far