Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Sir Vivian Richards for motivating him

Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Sir Vivian Richards for motivating him

Pujara was the standout batsman from either side in the Test series.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara had a tremendous outing in Test cricket in the recently concluded India’s four-match series against Australia. The 30-year-old was the Player of the Tournament as he became the leading run-scorer with 521 runs from seven innings at an average of 74.42. The 30-year-old from Saurashtra scored three centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

He also faced a stunning 1258 balls in the series and showed immense dedication. The numbers were almost double than Virat Kohli’s tally of 684, the second highest in the series in terms of balls faced. His knock of 193 runs in the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) helped the visitors rack up 622 runs in the first innings that eventually took the match out of Tim Paine and Co’s radar.

Richards praises Pujara

Among batsmen, he was head and shoulders above his counterparts. Later, MSK Prasad, the Indian chief selector, termed him as a ‘modern-day Buddha’. Even Australian head coach Justin Langer couldn’t help but admit that Pujara’s undiluted concentration turned out to be a difficult prospect to deal with.

In the meantime, Sir Vivian Richards, the former Windies cricketer, heaped praise on the Saurashtra batsman for the superlative shows with the bat in hand. He uploaded a video where he opined on Pujara’s brilliance. Moreover, he also credited Ravi Shastri, India’s head coach for the great work.

He captioned the video and wrote, “Remarkable performance from @imVkohli and team down under. Exceptional batting from @cheteshwar1 as well in such difficult conditions, going on to make history. And @RaviShastriOfc, keep up the great work with the team. All the best! @BCCI,”

Here is Richards’ video

Pujara saw the video and expressed his gratitude to the legendary cricketer from the Caribbean Islands. “Thank you so much Sir! Means a lot coming from someone I’ve looked up to!”

Here is Pujara’s reply

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