Brett Lee Heaps Praise on Veteran Indian Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

Brett Lee

Brett Lee, former Australian pacet, has praised veteran Indian Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara; for being a difficult nut to crack for Australian bowlers during his recent trip to Australia.

Pujara, much like his previous form in 2018, seemed to be in good touch; when he took the first test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to the crease on Wednesday. Cheteshwar Pujara came in to fight early as the Indian opener, Prithvi Shaw; returned to the pavilion at the second round of the match, and Pujara stood high.

Pujara played 160 deliveries on Wednesday, the first day of the test, and went on to score 43 runs. Brett Lee seemed very impressed with Pujara’s other maverick effort and heaped praise on him.

Brett Lee lauds Cheteshwar Pujara

“When you have someone who is so patient, you try things as bowlers because you become frustrated. You think, ‘I can’t actually get this guy out.’ You get frustrated, you get angry, you think, ‘This guy is a block artist, how do I get him out?’ Then you try slower balls, you try yorkers, and that feeds into exactly what he wants, he just picks you off,” noted Brett Lee.

Former Australian player, Steve O’Keefe was also impressed with Pujara’s rock-solid stance on the first day of the Adelaide Test; and showered words of praise on the Indian batsman. According to Kerry O’Keeffe, the forward presses are the platform, and this is why some of the Australians get into trouble. It’s because their forward press isn’t well rounded, and it could be faulty, whereas Pujara’s is fine.

After bundling out 244 runs in the first innings, the Indian cricket team bounced back into the game; as they came out to the bowl when they went on to pick up Australia’s 4 wickets for 65 runs and staked a claim in the game.

Star Indian pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah took a few wickets, and so did R Ashwin. Ashwin had Steve Smith’s most valuable wicket as the fine Australian returned to the pavilion, scoring just one run in 29 deliveries.

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