Ravi Ashwin hails ‘white walker’ Cheteshwar Pujara after historic series win in Australia
Pujara won the first Man of the Series award of his career.
Published - Jan 7, 2019 11:50 am | Updated - Jan 7, 2019 11:50 am
India have started 2019 with a bang by scripting history in Australia. After a forgettable 2018 where the team lost the Test series in South Africa and England, the Australia tour was its last chance to justify the number one ranking. And Virat Kohli could not have asked for anything else from his teammates. Barring the defeat in Perth, India were clinical throughout the series to win it by 2-1. The fourth and final Test in Sydney ended in a tame draw on Monday after poor weather did not allow any play on the final day.
India were looking set to win the series 3-1 after piling up a mammoth score of 622 for 7 in the first innings before bowling out the hosts for just 300 to enforce the follow-on. However, the last three days of the Test was marred by rain and bad light before the game was eventually called off and ended in a draw. But India would not complain too much as even though they missed out on winning the Test, they ended up triumphing in the series.
One of the main reasons behind the historic triumph was Cheteshwar Pujara. While all eyes were on Virat Kohli, it was Pujara who stole all the limelight with his stunning displays. The right-handed batsman scored 521 runs including three tons to finish as the highest run-scorer and scoop the Man of the Series award. That no other batsmen could score more than 350 speaks volumes of Pujara’s consistency in the series.
Ashwin hails Pujara:
Meanwhile, as soon as the game ended, Ravi Ashwin posted an amusing story on his Instagram account. The off-spinner, who did not play the last three Tests in the series due to injury, posted a picture of Cheteshwar Pujara smiling behind a mobile phone which showed pictures of a prominent television show Game of Thrones. “The white walker seals the deal Down Under,” wrote Ashwin.
Pujara had recently revealed why his teammates call him White Walker. Speaking to BCCI, he had said, “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).”
Here’s Ashwin’s story: