Watch: Mitchell Johnson bowl the ball of the year to Cheteshwar Pujara

Watch: Mitchell Johnson bowl the ball of the year to Cheteshwar Pujara

Watch: Mitchell Johnson bowl the ball of the year to Cheteshwar Pujara: The third test between Australia and India was the most important game for India as it would decide the fate of the series for them. The Aussies with a considerable first innings lead set India the target of 384 to chase on day 5. As soon as the chase began, their pacers were on the money and India lost 3 early wickets, the management had decided to hold back Cheteshwar Pujara one of their most technically sound batsmen for batting collapse at the top.

So did it happen and Pujara was in with India 4 wickets down, the right-hander along with Ajinkya Rahane steadied things and blocked the Australian bowling surge. Both the batsmen were almost set as Rahane batted on 41* and Pujara 21*, Indian dressing room looked eased and a draw was on the cards.
But, the Aussies are known to not give it in so easy and skipper Steve Smith brought Mitchell Johnson back into the attack to unleash some reverse swing. Johnson the bowler he is and the experience he sports set Pujara up beautifully in that over, bowling around the wickets taking the ball into the batsman. It was a regulation defence for Pujara, who is solid with his technique and defence. This was the plan to make the batsman believe the that the ball will come back into him at the stump.

And this particular delivery Johnson bowled wider of the crease, not express just at a 125 kmph. But, it did the trick, the ball after pitching just held its line enough to deceive Pujara and she crashed into the off stump. Yes! that was the breakthrough Australia were looking for Pujara lost his off stump. The beauty of that delivery, could have got the best in the world undone and Pujara had to make the long walk back into the pavilion and his team was further into trouble.

A dream delivery for a left arm pacer, Johnson on the last day of the MCG test match which was also the last day of play in 2014 produced the ball of the year.