The Indian Cricket team rose against odds and made history to end the Australia’s winning streak in Gabba as well as win the series. The series saw several Indian players getting injured with young players coming in to replace them.
Every session of the last Test at Gabba saw a new player emerge as the hero for India. One of those heroes, was Cheteshwar Pujara, who stood like a wall and anchored India’s chase in the fourth innings.
However, Pujara’s heroics came at a cost as he was seen in extreme pain as he took 11 blows from the Aussie pacers. With swollen fingers and marks all over his body, Pujara spoke about what his family went through, as they saw in play one of the most important knocks of his career.
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He told The Indian Express, “That’s what I do to her when she falls, so she believes that a kiss can heal every wound.” This refers to his daughter Aditi saying that when her father comes home, her kisses will heal his wounds.
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Pujara, however, is not stranger to getting injured. He said, “From my early days, I am not in the habit of taking pain- killers. That’s why my threshold to bear pain is pretty high. You play for so long, you get used to getting hit.
Pujara scored 56 in 211 balls, which by far is his slowest ever fifty. However, keeping in mind the pain he was going through, it was a hard earned half-century.
He said, “It is tough to hold the bat, the grip was slightly loose. So you can’t hit the ball where you want to.”