Watch: Hazlewood didn’t take too kindly to Pujara’s gesture
Test cricket is the toughest challenge for any batsman in the world. The emergence of T20 cricket has indeed wiped away the fans’ interest to follow traditional cricket. T20 cricket is seen as a gateway drug in the present era.
However, the recently-concluded Test series between Australia and India had so many good moments during the passage of play which caught the attention of the viewers. The recently-concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy series witnessed plenty of drama so much so that it kept the fans at the edge of their seats.
There was a glimpse of proper rivalry, on-field banters and a touch of class from both teams. Above all, a game of the highest quality was played between these two teams from Adelaide Oval till the Gabba. The hosts won the first Test by 8 wickets and the visitors bounced back in the second Test in Melbourne.
After an 8-wicket win in Melbourne, Indians settled for a draw in Sydney. Both teams moved to Brisbane for a series decider. Aussies were considered as the firm favourites to win the final Test because of their history.
They didn’t lose even a single game at The Gabba for 32 years. However, the Indians didn’t lose concentration even one bit. Despite losing the toss, they still showed great fight in both the innings.
Hazlewood bowls a deadly beamer to Pujara
During India’s successful run-chase of 328 at The Gabba, plenty of moments were witnessed in the game. Pujara caught everyone’s attention as he showed great intent in the run-chase. He remained calm and patient at the pitch.
The No.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins messed with Pujara by bowling some lethal deliveries and most of them were bouncers as it went on to hit Pujara’s body. Even after receiving lusty blows, he continued to bat and also won the hearts of the Indians.
When Pujara was batting on 26, he faced Josh Hazlewood and all of a sudden, the batsman stopped the game a moment when he saw a butterfly coming in front of him. He felt that it was distracting him a bit as he couldn’t see properly. He also hinted Hazlewood the same.
However, in the very next delivery, Hazlewood bowled a deadly ball that it went on to hit Pujara’s helmet. The batsman immediately took off his helmet and check what had happened to him. Thankfully, nothing happened. Soon after the delivery, Hazlewood told Pujara: “You can see that!?”
Watch the video below:
Test cricket is a hard game…
Josh Hazlewood didn't take too kindly to Cheteshwar Pujara pulling out of a delivery ?
The next ball he cracked him on the lid and gave him a few verbals for good measure ?
A proper battle between two fine players ? pic.twitter.com/nLj8iyaj8N
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 20, 2021
Pujara went on to score a crucial 56 in the fourth innings. Shubman Gill scored 91 at the top while Rishabh Pant scored a valiant 89* to guide his team to a sensational victory. India won the game by 3 wickets and also retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy with 2-1 series win.