Wasim Jaffer responds to Marcus Harris’ comments on Cheteshwar Pujara batting like an Australian at the Gabba
Pujara copped quite a few blows on his body during the Brisbane Test.
Cheteshwar Pujara was one of India’s standout batsmen in the 2020-21 edition of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Among the Indian batters, he was second on the list of leading run-scorers after Rishabh Pant. In eight innings, Pujara smashed 271 runs with three half-centuries at an average of 33.87, though he batted cautiously at a strike rate of 29.20.
However, in the final Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, Pujara showed a great amount of grit and determination. He got scores of 25 and 56, but he had to cop quite a few blows on his body. Marcus Harris, who was also a part of the game, went on to say that Pujara batted like an Australian.
In the meantime, Wasim Jaffer, the former Indian cricketer, had a rib-tickling reply to Harris’ comments. The veteran took a hilarious jibe at the Aussie batters as well. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Wonder why the Australians didn’t bat like Australians.”
Wonder why the Australians didn't bat like Australians 🤷🏽♂️😀 pic.twitter.com/BFSt9JFEm1
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 21, 2021
Earlier, Harris lauded Pujara for holding his ground despite being hit on the body a number of times. Harris also had words of praise for Pant, who got the Player of the Match award for his unbeaten 89 in the fourth innings.
Harris lauds Cheteshwar Pujara
“The final day was amazing to watch. We were thinking the whole day if they would go for the runs or not. I think Rishabh played the best innings that day, but for Pujara to be copping an absolute barrage from everyone, it felt like he batted a bit like an Australian, taking everything on the chest and getting on with it. The rest of the team just batted around him,” Harris told.
“Rishabh Pant’s innings was unbelievable. Everyone says he has magic in him, and he has shown that a few times now. It was disappointing to lose the series but sometimes in cricket you just have to tip your hat and say they were too good for us,” Harris added.
India won the game by three wickets and also pocketed the series 2-1. Ajinkya Rahane and Co made a comeback after losing the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval. Despite not having some of their key players in the series, India came out trumps.