India vs Australia: We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgIndia vs Australia: We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar PujaraIndia were looking to shed their poor travellers tag and the team responded with the maiden Test series win in Australia in 71 years as they clinched the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 11:02 IST Cheteshwar Pujara shook a leg with his teammates after the Sydney Test to celebrate India’s series win (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPujara top-scored in the Border-Gavaskar with 521 runs in 4 Tests at an average of over 74The 31-year-old faced a record 1258 deliveries and batted for over 28 hours in the seriesThe Sydney Test ended in a draw handing India a 2-1 series win, their first in Australia in 71 yearsTeam India finally have a Test series win away from the sub-continent which was the goal when they set out on the tours to South Africa, England and Australia. After defeats in South Africa and England, success finally came in Sydney when Kohli and his men ended India’s agonising 71-year wait for a test series victory in Australia.The goal was to shed the poor traveller tag and India did that in style as they outclassed Australia in their own backyard in every department throughout the series.Kohli was once again leading the team from the front but this time he had the support of the other batsmen in the lineup, something which was missing in the series against South Africa and England last year.And it was Cheteshwar Pujara who was at the forefront each time as he took up the responsibility of scoring the bulk of the runs for the team while the other batters played around him.Pujara top-scored with 521 runs in the series at an average of over 74 and smashed three hundreds in the process. The only Test in which he didn’t get to triple figures, India lost.He scored runs on the most difficult surfaces and literally batted Australia out of the competition as he faced a record 1258 deliveries and batted for over 28 hours in the four Test matches.Speaking to India Today’s Boria Majumdar, Pujara admitted that this is the best he has ever batted overseas especially because it helped India to win the series.advertisement”This is the best series we had as a team overseas. This is my best series I would say. But I would still like to say the toughest series which I have been part of is playing Australia at home in 2018. We were 1-0 down. I still remember the Pune Test where we felt we might lose the series.”But we made a very good comeback and won that series. It was the toughest series I was a part of but this is the best series I have been part of in terms of winning the series away from home and this is really special to all of us,” Pujara told India Today.India have traditionally been formidable at home and fragile abroad, especially outside the subcontinent where harder or grassy pitches took the edge off their spinners and disconcerted their batsmen.Their rise to the top of the test rankings under Kohli was built on strong home form and every player in the side has since been insisting on winning abroad to lend legitimacy to the status.The win finally came after two failed attempts earlier in the year and it now looks like India now has the players who can dominate Test cricket for years to come.”Whenever we tour abroad we always feel that we have the capability of winning the series because we have done really well in India. We had a point to prove and as a team we have done that now,” Pujara added.When asked how the team plans to celebrate this win, the 31-year-old Saurashtra batsman didn’t reveal much.”The team is going to celebrate hard. We’ll have a get-together and guys are going to enjoy. Back home people are really happy, I’m glad that all the Indian fans not just in India but in Australia and around the world, they are really pleased with the way the team has played,” Pujara concluded.Also Read | Pujara dance vs Kohli bhangra: What’s your favourite moment from India’s celebrations?Also Read | Team India will reach many more milestones in the time to come: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Had tears in my eyes when Virat Kohli lifted Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar serieslast_img read more