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first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 20:02 IST Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged man-of-the-series for top-scoring in the Border-Gavaskar series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series at an average of over 74Pujara has amassed a total of 722 runs in 7 Tests in AustraliaThe 31-year-old is planning to return to domestic and county cricket after this series against AustraliaCheteshwar Pujara, who won the man-of-the-series for his 521 runs in India’s historic series win over Australia, said this is the best he has batted in his career.Pujara has been in sensational form since he was dropped in the first Test in England. Before the start of the Test series in Australia, the entire focus was on Virat Kohli – the man who top scored in ODIs and Tests in 2018, the man who had bullied Australia in their own backyard four years ago, the man who was just short of 1000 Test runs in Australia before the first ball was bowled in Adelaide.However, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who led India’s batting revival against the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc.Pujara scored hundreds in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth in trying conditions to enthrall the cricket world. Kohli had a below-par series by his own standards, scored 282 runs.Pujara, speaking exclusively to India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said this was the best he has ever batted.”It’s a very big achievement for all us, winning a Test series abroad. Especially in this country, where we haven’t won a Test series. We have been close to winning a Test series. It’s a first-ever victory for the Indian team. We are all proud of it.”We all are proud of it. The credit goes to the team. The way we have played throughout the entire series. I would also want to mention our bowlers. They have done a lot of hard work. To win abroad, you need to take 20 wickets. Our pacers and spinners have done that.advertisementThe end of an epic knock from Cheteshwar Pujara!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/J2php55Ktlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Well, for me, I think the first hundred at Adelaide was special, because of the kind of situation we were in. And when you’re playing a four-Test series, it’s important to start off well. When you’re 1-0 up, you can be rest assured you have a very good chance to win the Test series. That hundred was very special.”The way I batted, we’re in a bit of trouble. I had a partnership with Ash and later on with the tail-enders. There was a stand with Rohit also. I think it is important to bat sessions, especially in Australia. I think it’s all about preparation, the way I prepared for the series was up to the mark. That’s why I did well.”I think people have that perception that I can’t play quickly. But I have played a lot of inning with good strike rates. I feel that you have to wait for the right time to start acceleration, especially in Tests. You can go in and straightaway start hitting. You’ve to read the situation adn bat accordingly,” Pujara told India Today.Take a bow, Cheteshwar Pujara!Another outstanding knock for his fifth Test ton against Australia.#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/n692cZ7WrCcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2019″Well, talking about the Melbourne Test, good thing we were batting first. Although we won the toss, that pitch was hard to bat on, we looked like we won’t get to 300-350. On the first day, we didn’t score much, in the sense, we made only 220 on Day 1. Although we were batting well, we didn’t score enough boundaries. The reason was the pitch. They were bowling well as well. For us to get to a big total was important. I had a very good partnership with Virat. He had been in very good form but he also had to cut down on a few shots in that Test match. So I think in that particular Test, the way Bumrah bowled was fantastic. All our bowlers were blowing really well,” the 31-year-old Saurashtra batsman added.Pujara had put India in the driver’s seat (along with Rishabh Pant who scored 159 not out and Ravindra Jadeja who made 81) but rain played spoilsport in Sydney to rob India of a chance to win their third Test of the series.However, there were enough reasons for India to celebrate as they became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Pujara, whose spot was under the scanner after the 2014-15 tour of Australia, worked hard on his game and today is among the best modern day Test batsmen.”This is the best I have ever batted.. This is our biggest ever victory,” Pujara said at the post-match presentation and added while the Test series against Australia at home in 2017 was the toughest he has played in, this series win was the biggest.advertisementCheteshwar Pujara brings up his 12th score of 50+ against Australia in Test cricket. And he’s not done yet…#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/gfypq8RCavcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2019Pujara also said this was the best bowling India has ever had: “This is the best fast bowling unit ever for India. Jasprit Bumrah has been phenomenal.”There were several happy moments after the final Test in Sydney. First, Pujara said it was the best Indian team he has ever been a part of while not long after, his teammates got him to do a little dance.As good as batsman he is, Cheteshwar Pujara could not really pull off the dance steps Rishabh Pant tried to teach him.But Cheteshwar Pujara will forever be remembered as the man who starred in possibly one of the most historic Test series triumphs for an Indian team.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney TestFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow India win Border-Gavaskar series India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). Cheteshwar Pujara spoke exlusively to India Today after India won their first ever Test series in Australia as they clinched the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.advertisementlast_img

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