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Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that India can win the Test series again

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-11-18 17:41:11


Indian batting superstar and batting stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that India is capable of winning the Test series again after a stellar 2-1 historic series victory Down Under for the first time in 72 years. Cheteshwar Pujara became the Man of the Series after scoring a gargantuan aggregate of 521 runs in 4 Test matches. He hit centuries at the Adelaide Oval, the MCG and the SCG to hand India a historic Test series triumph Down Under, thus becoming the first and only Asian team to win a Test series Down Under till date.

It was a clinical team performance in the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar Trophy from many Indian players, including Jasprit Bumrah who bagged 21 wickets in 4 matches, Shami who bagged 16 in 4, Rishabh Pant who was the second-highest run-scorer in that series with an aggregate of 350 runs and a valiant Test century in the New Year Test at the SCG. Even King Kohli contributed his bit with his sheer batting brilliance in Perth and Melbourne as well as his brilliant captaincy that led India to this historic triumph.

"It (the Australian batting line-up) will be a little stronger than what it was in 2018-19, but then victories don't come easy. If you want to win away from home, you need to work hard. No doubt Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne are great players. But the good part about our current crop of bowlers is that most of them play in the same series, and our bowling unit will also not be very different to what it was in 2018-19. They know how to be successful in Australia as they have enjoyed success there in the past. They have their game-plans in place and if we can execute them well, they are capable of getting Smith, Warner and Labuschagne out quickly. If we can do what we have done in the past, I am sure we have every chance of winning the series again. 

"It will be a different challenge altogether playing with the pink ball as the pace and bounce also change. As a team and as individuals, one has to understand and accept and get used to it (pink ball and lights) as early [as] possible. There will be a bit of difference with the pink ball. The twilight period is more challenging than other periods, but as you play more and practise more, you get used to it. It does take a little while," added the Indian batting stalwart, Pujara. 

India Tour of Australia schedule- 

Dettol ODI Series: 

1st ODI: November 26 at the SCG

2nd ODI: November 28 at the SCG

3rd ODI: November 30 at the Manuka Oval

Dettol T20I Series: 

1st T20I: December 04 at the SCG

2nd T20I: December 06 at the SCG

3rd T20I: December 08 at Manuka Oval

Pink Ball warm-up match 

Vodafone Test Series: 

1st Test (D/N): December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval

2nd Test: December 26 to 30 at the MCG

3rd Test: January 7 to 11 at the SCG

4th Test: January 15 to 19 at the Gabba