Cheteshwar Pujara, the most trusted batsman in the current Indian Test team, can become six Hazari against Australia in a four-Test series starting in Adelaide from 17 December. The 32-year-old Pujara has scored 5840 runs in 77 Tests at an average of 48.66 which includes 18 centuries and 25 half-centuries. He needs only 160 runs to complete six thousand runs in Test cricket. Pujara, better known as Mr. Trusty, played his last Test against New Zealand in Christchurch in February-March this year. He then stayed out of the cricket field due to Corona for more than eight months.
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He was not a part of any team in the IPL in the UAE and reached Dubai in the last leg of the IPL so that after the end of the tournament, he could go directly to Australia with the remaining players. Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath says that Pujara has been off the field for a long time so this time he may have to struggle to score runs on Australian pitches. Pujara was the most successful of the previous Australian tour of 2018-19 and played a key role in winning the series 2–1 to India.
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In the last tour, Pujara scored 521 runs in four Tests with the help of three centuries and a half-century, which was the highest among the players of both teams. After him, Rishabh Pant, who was second, had 350 runs and captain Virat Kohli had 282 runs. These figures can be gauged by how dependent the Indian team is on Pujara in terms of batting. Although Pujara has expressed confidence that he has been off the field, but he will return to his rhythm from practice before the series.
Pujara will have more responsibility during this series as captain Virat will return home after playing the first Test in Adelaide. If Pujara achieves this feat, he will become the 11th Indian to score 6000 runs in Test cricket. This time ahead of them, Gundappa Vishwanath (6080), Mohammad Azharuddin (6215), Dilip Vengsarkar (6868), Saurabh Ganguly (7212), Virat Kohli (7240), Virender Sehwag (8503), VVS Laxman (8781), Sunil Gavaskar (10122) ), Rahul Dravid (13265) and Sachin Tendulkar (15921).