new Delhi: The presence of David Warner and Steve Smith makes the Australian team strong, but Cheteshwar Pujara is confident of India’s ‘finest’ bowlers that they will succeed in the Test series in 2018-19 Will be able to repeat it again.
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In that series, Pujara had scored more than 500 runs with the help of 3 century innings, which helped the Indian team to win the Test series 2–1 on Australian soil for the first time. However Smith and Warner were not part of the Australian team in that series. Both were suspended for ball tampering.
The trusty batsman from India, who batted at number three, said, “This (Australian batting order) will be a bit stronger than in the 2018-19 season but still the victory is not easy.”
Pujara believes that the trio of India’s fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami could repeat the success of 2018-19, causing domestic batsmen to face a lot of trouble. This Test series against Australia will begin on 17 December.
He said, ‘There is no doubt that Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschen are great players. But the good thing about our current bowlers is that most of them played in the previous series and this time also it will not be different from them.
He said, ‘They know how to succeed in Australia because they have tasted success there in the past. They have plans for their game and if we get them out on the field well, they will be able to dismiss Smith, Warner and Labushen early.
He said, “If we can repeat that success again, then we will have a chance to win the Test series.” The first match of the Test series will be of Day-Night which will be played in Adelaide and this experienced batsman who has scored 5840 runs with 18 centuries in 77 Tests will also face the challenge of playing in the evening (twilight).
The Indian team has experience of playing in the day-night test against Bangladesh. He said, ‘It will be a different challenge because there will be different speed and bounce with pink ball here. We will play with Pink Kukabura in Australia (against Bangladesh, it was a pink SG ball). It will be a little different. ‘
He believes that the challenge of playing in the first day-night match of the Indian team abroad will have to be faced collectively. Pujara said, ‘As a team and as a player one has to get used to pink ball and lights. This will be slightly different. Evening time is more challenging but as you know more practice will make you used to it. It takes some time.
The 32-year-old hopes that his team in Australia will be able to repeat history. He said, ‘You can’t win matches on your own. Yes, you can perform exceptionally but you need the support of other players to win. Even during the last series, the bowling unit had performed remarkably.
He said, ‘To win the Test you have to take 20 wickets and in the last series too, it was not just my performance, other batsmen also supported me. This was the team’s success. When the team is successful, it is a moment of pride. Pujara has practiced under his father and coach at his academy in Rajkot for this challenging series. He said, ‘As far as I am concerned, I am happy that I was able to participate in fitness, running sessions with practice.’