India are all set to take on Australia in the four-match Test series which is slated to begin from December 17 in Adelaide. While Australia wouldn’t get the service of their key opener David Warner, as he sustained an injury recently, India captain Virat Kohli wouldn’t be a part of the squad for the final three Tests as well. While Kohli’s absence will certainly affect India’s batting order, their one of the best players in Tests – Cheteshwar Pujara will have to play a key role.
Notably, he had a dream run in the last season when India beat Australia Down Under in the Tests. Pujara, who played 1135 balls scoring 521 runs as Team India registered their first-ever Test series victory in Australia.
“I would definitely like to repeat the performance, but I am not someone who would live on past glory,” he said. “Yes, it was an excellent tour but this will be a fresh start. I will have to be in my zone again. It’s not that because it worked in the past, results will follow. They never do. You have to concentrate in every innings.”
Meanwhile, India wouldn’t get the service of their speedster Ishant Sharma, who had sustained an injury during the IPL 2020. In his absence, others will have to step up as well.
“If we can get 300-350 runs, with the bowling line-up that we have, I am very confident we can bowl teams out. Both, our fast bowlers and spinners are very good. (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja are amongst the best too,” Cheteshwar Pujara again shared.
Pujara further added that the biggest advantage of having a quality bowling attack is that it forces the opponent to rethink their strategists.
“We saw it in the last tour that we have fast bowlers for it. We just have to play good cricket. As long as we play to our potential, we have a very good chance to win the series. Having said that, Australia is a strong team and they will put up a good show. They will be a stronger batting line-up with Smith and (David) Warner back (Warner is out of the first Test with injury). It has never been easy and it will not be easy again. It will be a good battle. We will have to earn our wins,” Cheteshwar Pujara concluded.
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