Australia vs India: Cheteshwar Pujara reveals why he’s referred to as ‘White Walker’ by his mates
He also talked about his most satisfying ton of the series.
Updated - Jan 4, 2019 7:56 pm
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is in the form of his life as he is the leading run-scorer of the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia with 521 runs at an average of 74.42. In the fourth and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Pujara went on to tantalisingly miss out on scoring a double-century, after off-break bowler, Nathan Lyon got rid of the Saurashtra batsman for 193 runs.
In the meantime, his teammates refer to him as ‘White Walker’, a humanoid creature from the television series Game of Thrones, who create havoc wherever they go and are on the other side of ‘the wall’. Recently, the 30-year-old revealed the ones who call him with the name. Moreover, he also thanked them for acknowledging his jaw-dropping performances with the willow in hand.
“I think Ash (R Ashwin) and Basu Sir (Shankar Basu) came up with that. Some guys also came up with ‘winter in coming’ where instead of ‘winter is coming’, they have started with ‘Pujara is coming’ which is a bit funny. But it is a good way to acknowledge what I have done (for the team),” Pujara was quoted as saying in BCCI’s official website.
Adelaide above all for Pujara
Pujara has thus far racked up three tons in the red-ball fixtures. Among them, he chose the one at the Adelaide Oval as his most cherished ton. In the first innings of that match, Pujara scored 123 runs followed by 71 in the second. The exquisite display of artwork with the bat, rightly, earned him the Player of the Match award. India won that match by 31 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
“Adelaide I would say because it was the first match of the series. If you start off on a winning note in a four match series, then you are always on top. The innings in Adelaide will still be special to me. Although Test centuries are always special so MCG and SCG ton are up there but if I would say Adelaide ton is the most important one for me,” the experienced campaigner added.