Pujara survives massive injury scare ahead of Sydney Test
India’s dependable No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t made an impact in the Border Gavaskar Trophy Series so far. The right-handed batsman struggled to get going against the toughest Aussie bowling attack as he was dismissed for a string of low scores in both the Tests.
Although he scored a decent 45, it was indeed low considering a player of his calibre. He had another chance to make up for his first-innings failure but he got out for a duck. It was yet another huge disappointment for Pujara and his fans.
The 32-year-old failed miserably in the second Test at Melbourne. The right-handed batsman was dismissed for 17 and 3 respectively. He came under fire for his poor performances. However, he still has two more games to prove his worth.
Pujara survives injury scare
Australia and India are level on terms in the ongoing four-match Test series. Both teams won a game each. Now they are heading into the third Test match which will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 17.
Meanwhile, both team players are seriously preparing for the upcoming Test. During the practice session, Pujara picked up a blow to his elbow and moments later, he returned back to the training session.
His return was a huge relief to the Indian supporters as the batsman survived major injury scare ahead of the SCG Test. Pujara will be looking forward to shutting the critics when he steps out to bat in the next Test.
Rahane led the side quite well in Kohli’s absence. Under his captaincy, India has never lost a match as he led 3 games to memorable wins. However, the best win was when India scripted 8-wicket win over Aussies in Melbourne.
Ajinkya will be looking forward to instilling the same confidence into his players when they will take on the hosts after three days. Rohit Sharma has finally returned to the side after clearing the fitness test.
His inclusion is indeed a massive boost to the Indian cricket team. He has been appointed as vice-captain for the next two Tests. Umesh Yadav who has been ruled out of the rest of the tour due to injury has been replaced by Indian pacer T Natarajan.