India’s tour to Australia is turning out to be a dream for the blue shirts. The Indians are clearly dominating on Australian soil and they are in no mood to settle.
Two Indian batsmen have particularly stood out through their batting performances:
Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant have made history by scoring tons of runs on Australian pitches. The Australian bowlers seemed completely helpless in front of these two dynamic batsmen.
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Cheteshwar Pujara’s record-breaking performance
Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his third century of the series with a four off Mitchell Starc’s delivery on day one of the 4th Test against Australia on Thursday at the Kangaroos’ home ground.
This is Pujara’s 18th century in his 68th Test; he has shown brilliant form in the last two test matches against Australia as well, having scored 123 in the first test in Adelaide. He struck 13 fours during his innings and achieved 123 on 199 balls.
Uptill now Pujara has cumulatively scored 428 runs in the test match series against Australia. He is the highest scoring batsmen of the series so far. This is the first time Pujara has scored more than one century in an overseas Test series.
All this did not come easy for Pujara:
It is hard to believe that he is the same batsman who was dropped from the test series in 2014-15. However, Pujara took this dismissal in his stride and emerged as an even stronger batsman, he owes all his centuries in this tour to this one setback.
Now with his latest century, Pujara has surpassed former India batsman VVS Laxman, who has 17 Test centuries to his name.
He has also entered himself in the elite list of Indian batsmen to have played more than 1000 balls in a Test series against Australia on their home soil.
Rishabh Pant becomes a hero for India
Following the footsteps of his seniors, young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant also made his country proud by giving a stellar performance.
Pant scored a beautiful century on day two of the fourth test between India and Australia. This was the second century for the 21 years old batsman.
He smashed eight boundaries in his 137 ball knock, with the hundred in Sydney, Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in Australia.
He has now successfully scored centuries in both England and Australia, his previous highest score in test matches was 114 at the Oval in England last year.
All-rounder Jadeja also complimented well and his comprehensive 81 gave stability to the team. He supported Pant on the field which allowed the former to make his century successfully.
Jadeja scored 81 and got out in the final overs of the day.
India mounts a huge total
After back to back great performances by Indian batsmen, India was easily able to put on a huge total on board for Australia.
India declared at a massive 622 for seven in their first innings after centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant.
It now seems even tougher for Paine and company to surpass this colossal total and win the third test. Let’s see what happens!
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