Cheteshwar Pujara reveals the best sledge he encountered in Australia  |  Photo Credit: AP
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has established his reputation as one of the most reliable Test batsmen of the current generation. Having bagged the top run-getter’s spot against Australia in the recently concluded series, Pujara emerged as the most impressive batsman of the lot as India bagged a historic series triumph Down Under. Aussie players did try their best in getting into Pujara’s nerves – even by using some cheesy sledging tactics – but to little avail.
In an interview with the Times of India, Pujara spoke about the memorable innings and the measures taken by the Aussies to get under his skin. The Nathan Lyon comment, ‘Aren’t you bored of batting now? You’ve scored so many runs’, made headlines during the series. When asked about such moments, Pujara revealed how Tim Paine’s men were laughing at their own taunts.
“There were many instances but I remember the first Test. Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine tried to sledge me. They almost felt that the game was over when we were 40 for four, they thought that we’ll be bowled out for 150-160. And even later on, I think in the third or fourth Test, they were trying to sledge me but at the same time they started laughing in the end. Lyon came and told me: ‘Aren’t you bored of batting now? You’ve scored so many runs’,” he revealed.
When asked about the best sledge he had heard during the series, Pujara did mention that the Lyon’s one was really good but there was another one that left him gobsmacked.
“Yes (when asked whether Lyon’s sledge was the best). I never thought that he’ll say such a thing. And then when we were playing against Australia in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017, one of the players came and told me ‘Now if you don’t get out, we’ll have to ask for wheelchairs.’ I was batting on 170-plus. That’s the best sledge I remember from an Aussie player,” replied the 31-year-old.
Pujara undoubtedly emerged as the most difficult batsman for the Aussies to bowl at. While it was expected that Virat Kohli will pose the biggest challenge to the hosts, it was Pujara who made them work the most for his wicket.