The presence of David Warner and Steve Smith makes the Australian team strong but Cheteshwar Pujara is confident of India’s finest bowlers that they will be able to repeat the success of the Test series in 2018-19. In that series, Pujara had scored more than 500 runs with the help of three century innings, helping the Indian team to win the Test series 2–1 on Australian soil for the first time. However, Smith and Warner were not part of the Australian team in that series. Both were suspended due to ball tampering.
Cheteshwar Pujara, the trusted batsman of India who batted at number three, said in a special interview to PTI-Bhasha that it (Australian batting order) will be slightly stronger than in the 2018-19 season but still the victory is not easy. Pujara believes that the trio of India’s fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami could repeat the successes of 2018-19, causing domestic batsmen to face a lot of trouble. This Test series against Australia will begin on 17 December.
Pujara said that there is no doubt that Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschen are great players. But the good thing about our current bowlers is that most of them played in the previous series and this time also it will not be different from them. He said that he knows how to succeed in Australia because he has tasted success there in the past. He has plans for his game and will be able to get Smith, Warner and Labushen out early if we field him well.
Cheteshwar Pujara said that if we can repeat that success again, then we will have a chance to win the Test series. The first match of the Test series will be played day and night which will be played in Adelaide and this experienced batsman who has scored 5840 runs with 18 centuries in 77 Tests will also face the challenge of playing in the evening (twilight). The Indian team has experience of playing in the day-night Test against Bangladesh.
Pujara said that it will be a different challenge as there will be different speed and bounce with the pink ball here. We will play with Pink Kukabura in Australia (against Bangladesh, it was a pink SG ball). This will be slightly different. They believe that the challenge of playing in the first day-night match of the Indian team abroad will have to be faced collectively.
Pujara further said that pink ball and lights will have to be used as a team and as a player. This will be slightly different. Twilight time is more challenging but as you know more practice will get you used to it. It takes a while
The 32-year-old hopes that his team in Australia will be able to repeat history. He said that you cannot win matches on your own. Yes, you can perform exceptionally but you need the support of other players to win. Even during the last series, the bowling unit performed remarkably well.
Pujara said that to win the Test you have to take 20 wickets and in the last series also it was not just my performance, other batsmen also supported me. It was a team success. It is a proud moment when the team is successful. Pujara has practiced under his father and coach at his academy in Rajkot for this challenging series. He said that as far as I am concerned, I am happy that I was able to participate in fitness, running (running) sessions along with practice.