Cheteshwar Pujara names Pat Cummins as ‘toughest bowler’ to face in current era

Cummins has dismissed Pujara on seven occasions in 17 innings in the red-ball format.

Pat Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara
Pat Cummins and Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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India Test stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara named the toughest bowler to lock horns in the sport at present. Pujara took on some of the cheeky questions in the recent Q&A session and responded to a wide array of questions. He provided some quite entertaining and insightful responses in his answers.

For more than a decade, Pujara has been a pillar of the Indian Test team and has been regarded as a red-ball specialist for the performances that he has displayed. In the midst of the interview, the right-hander named the toughest bowler to play among the current lot. 

“Pat Cummins would be the toughest bowler to face in cricket currently,” told Pujara while speaking to ESPNCricinfo in the special 25 questions segment.

The Australia red-ball skipper is currently leading the charts in the Test bowling rankings with 878 points to his name. Interestingly, Cummins, who has established himself as a lethal pacer, has dismissed Pujara on seven occasions thus far in the longest format in 17 innings.

Pujara completes 12000 runs in First Class cricket

The veteran batter achieved yet another glorious milestone in first-class cricket as he amassed a massive 12000 runs on Indian soil. Pujara attained the feat while playing for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy encounter against Andhra in the second innings of the contest on Friday. Adding to this, he reached the 12000-run mark in his 145th match in First Class cricket.

The right-hander carved out a vital knock of 91 for Saurashtra and tried to keep their hopes alive against the rival side. However, that was not to be as his side eventually lost the contest by 150 runs. He will next be seen in action for the side against Tamil Nadu before joining the Indian Test squad for the Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, which is set to begin on February 9.

The two heavyweights cross swords in a four-match Test series scheduled to commence on February 9 and will be on the lookout to seal a spot in the summit clash of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.

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