Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood and Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara were involvd n a top class battle on the final day of Brisbane test. Pujara was so determined to keep India in the match, he kept things tight at one end.
This meant Australian bowlers wore out as the innings progressed. Slowly frustration crept into their bowling as they were going wicketless for long periods of time. Coming to this incident, Hazlewood was steaming to bowl a delivery.
However, Pujara pulled out of the delivery in the last moment and Hazlewood was not impressed. But the Indian batter pointed out towards the flying butterfly that came in Pujara’s eyesight while facing the delivery.
Hazlewood was not impressed and then bowled a nasty bouncer targeting at Pujara’s helmet. The ball hit Pujara’s helmet and the rear guard was broken. The Aussie pacer gave a stare and tried to unsettle Pujara with his chirping. He did not apologize to Pujara as tensions were high at that point in test match.
The Indian batsman refused to play the pull or hook shot in the final test. Pujara realized that he often lost his wicket due to pull or hook shot during 18-19 series. Since India was in contention to retain the trophy, he put his body in line on the final day of the series.
The resolute batsman has managed to play well despite not playing pull shot. He suffered blows on head, fingers, chest, shoulder and other parts in a gutsy innings. Despite scoring his slowest fifty in test cricket, Pujara helped players like Gill and Pant play freely from the other end.
Watch the incident here
Test cricket is a hard game…
Josh Hazlewood didn't take too kindly to Cheteshwar Pujara pulling out of a delivery 😤
The next ball he cracked him on the lid and gave him a few verbals for good measure 👀
A proper battle between two fine players 👏 pic.twitter.com/nLj8iyaj8N
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 20, 2021
Rishabh Pant has changed the dynamic in the final session of the test match. The southpaw took charge and thrashed Australian bowlers across the park. His match winning innings helped India bash Australia for a second consecutive time in Australia.
India also managed to breach Australia’s fortress Gabba after 33 years. The visitors were down and out with so many injuries but manage to stage one of the greatest comebacks in test history.
This intense test series has helped the longest format get back some of its lost glory. On the other hand, the idea to shorten the 5 day format to four days will be kept aside for some time after this series.