India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has said that the pain from the bruises he sustained in the Brisbane Test didn’t let allow him to sleep much at night after the match got over.
The lasting memories of India’s unforgettable, series-clinching victory at the Gabba will surely be the sight of Pujara taking one blow after another to defy the Australian pace bowlers and keep India in the game.
The 32-year-old took as many as 11 blows to different parts of his body, which included his head, chest, back, shoulder, fingers, thigh and elbow, during his heroic 56 off 211 that went a long way in India pulling off a sensational victory in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Brisbane.
“From my early days, I am not in the habit of taking pain- killers.” Pujara said in an interview with The Indian Express. “That’s why my threshold to bear pain is pretty high. You play for so long, you get used to getting hit.”
Pujara explained why he got hit repeatedly during the Gabba Test, saying there was a reason why he took so many deliveries on his body.
“I mostly got hit from one end and that too against (Pat) Cummins. There was this crack on the pitch around the short-of-length spot from where the ball would just take off. Cummins has the skill to make the ball rear up from there and make it follow you,” he said in an interview with The Indian Express.
“In case I took my hand up to defend it, there was a risk that I would glove the ball. Considering the match situation and how we couldn’t afford to lose wickets, I decided to let the ball hit my body. It is tough to hold the bat, the grip was slightly loose. So you can’t hit the ball where you want to.”