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Watch: Pujara battles series of deadly bouncers by Cummins

If there was one bowler who gave absolutely everything in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series, then it has to be Pat Cummins. The No.1 ranked Test bowler was named the man of the series for taking as many as 21 wickets in four Tests.

Watch: Pujara battles series of deadly bouncers by Cummins

During the fourth and final Test match at The Gabba, Cummins took 2 wickets in the first innings and then took his bowling to the next level in the second innings. When Aussies set up a target of 328, Cummins unleashed his bowling skills by keeping the Indians in check.

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Right from the word go, Cummins bowled deadly deliveries to mount pressure on the Indians. Pujara took many blows to his body and kept on batting. Cummins also didn’t stop as he kept on bowling deadly bouncers.

Pujara showed incredible fight and resilience on the pitch during India’s run-chase. India’s dependable No.3 scored 56 in the second innings and put the team in a good position. It was Cummins who got the big wicket of Pujara as the latter was dismissed leg before wicket.

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Pant scored an unbeaten 89* including 8 fours and 2 sixes and hit the winning runs for the team. India not only won the historic Test at The Gabba but also won the Test series by 2-1 and retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

This team wasn’t built overnight: Ravi Shastri

“The boys have performed so well that I am lost for words. The character of this team is amazing especially after the 36 all out at Adelaide. This team wasn’t built overnight. Virat has been with us despite not being here. His intensity rubbed on to everyone else. Rahane might look calm but he is a strong man from inside. A tough character. We play Pant abroad because he is a match-winner. When he doesn’t keep well, people criticize him.

But he can help you win matches like these. Had he stuck around for some time in Sydney, he could have won us that game as well. He has been brilliant and that’s why we back him. Washington Sundar was a net bowler, Natarajan was a net bowler. But they have played so well. Sundar batted as if he had already played 20 Tests. Same with Shardul who has played a lot of first-class cricket but did well at the top level.

This is a big series win. I don’t think the cricketing world will forget this. Some of us were in a lockdown for some 6 months whereas cricket had started in some other part of the world. To come here and play the way we have despite having our main bowlers injured, is phenomenal. The players know when they cross the boundary line, they are playing for India,” Shastri said at the post-match presentation.

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