Cheteshwar was the stand-out batsman of the Pujara series, because he conquered the Australian bowling attack with the batting of some brilliant old-time test matches. Not only was he the player who made the most runs, he also spent most of the time on the crease and faced the most delivery in the series. He demonstrated monumental patience and opposed with a tireless nature, whatever the Australian bowling attack affected him the most.
He played an average of 74.43 per innings in the series – an average of 34 runs per innings more than Kohli. His total of 521 runs was more than a quarter (25.7%) of the total runs scored by India in the series.
Pujara's score in the series is the third largest by any Indian batsman in any series Down Under, after Kohli (692 in 2014) and Dravid (619 in 2003).
Pujara also took possession of the crease for a considerable time and consequently consumed a lot of delivery – 1258. On average, he faced about 30 balls per innings in the series, i.e. in 30 overs – that's absolutely excellent!
Pujara broke the record of facing the highest deliveries in a series (four or less test) by a downtown batsman Down Under.
After being out for the Edgbaston Test, Pujara scored 895 runs at an average of 55.93, which included four tons and two half-centuries. He has faced 2155 balls in 17 innings in this period, the price of a ball / innings of 126.76 – a manifold achievement.
In the Adelaide Test, Pujara made 123 in the first innings of 123 in 250 innings. The rest of the batsmen put an average of 12.7.
In the MCG in the Boxing Day Test match, Pujara again scored 106 in the first innings, with an average of 42.12 in his team. In Sydney, he was such a formula that Indian batting revolted around and as soon as he struck in 622, Pujara made 193, which missed a mustache on the double toner. The other Indian batsmen scored at an average of 53.63 in the innings. This shows that Pujara made tough runs for India – when the chips were down and others struggled, they lifted their hands up.
With only 4 centuries in 2014, Kohli made more than a ton in a series down compared to Pujara for any batsman in the subcontinent. Gavaskar also scored 3 runs in 1977.
First published: January 7, 2019, 7:05 PM IST