The 32-yr-previous Pujara performed a key function in serving to India draw the third Test at Sydney and in Australia’s defeat within the fourth and last Test on the Gabba, Brisbane. He confronted 928 deliveries in all on this tour with 211 of these approaching the fifth day in Brisbane the place he was hit on his physique and head a number of occasions. Often he was seen grimacing in ache.
“He has scored a lot of runs staying at the crease in junior cricket. The more you practice and score runs, the more you get hit on the body. It is part and parcel of the game,” says father Arvind Pujara, recalling a triple century (306) on the age of 13 he made in opposition to Baroda in an underneath-14 match on the Moti Bagh Stadium.
“It was a three-day game. He batted long for 306 runs and then fielded. The more you practice, the more you will get hit by the ball. He got used to it. He has been playing consistently. In junior cricket, he has made 5,000 runs. In that also, you get hit. You don’t get hit this much, but you do. He developed toughness because of that,” Arvind instructed IANS on Wednesday.
There had been different incidents early in life that taught Pujara how one can climate storms.
When he was 18, Cheteshwar was returning residence in Rajkot after enjoying a match in Bhavnagar. He reached residence to search out that his mom was no extra.
“When he left Bhavnagar, he spoke to his mother on the phone. But when he reached Rajkot at 7 pm, he found his mother expired. He controlled himself remarkably. His life has been challenging,” recollects Arvind.
“Then he broke his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament, which stabilises knee joint by connecting thighbone to shinbone) twice during IPL (left leg in 2009 with KKR and right leg in 2011 with RCB). It took away a couple of years of cricket from him. What is worse, when he was under rehab the second time (for ACL injury) in Bangalore, I suffered a heart attack. All these setbacks have made him mentally tough,” added Arvind as he waited for his son to achieve Rajkot.
There has been criticism that Pujara is not athletic and may’t run. “People don’t know what breaking an ACL means. It can finish one’s career.”
Pujara senior added that he had drilled in his son the necessity to rating huge to get seen out of a small city and that might occur provided that he performed straight and correct cricket pictures.
“When you come from a small centre, you have no value if you score 50. But if you score 100, then only people talk about you. You have to get extraordinary scores to play at the top. If you don’t play with a straight bat, you will struggle and get out. You will not get a chance.”
There will probably be no celebrations on his arrival. The greatest concern for the household could be to get him handled for any harm he might need suffered after the blows on the fifth day, particularly by Pat Cummins.
“We don’t know yet how he is. Just spoke to him on the phone. So we don’t know how he is feeling. We will have to get him treated if he is injured. He has the England series coming up,” added Arvind.