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Cheteshwar Pujara might not realize it, but his summer persistent batsmanship has made him a cult right hero in Australia. So much So that three weeks after he left the country, he is still all the rage, all over the country. Wherever you go, you will be on the streets, local pubs, or even a radio show, a specific question that comes your way, like an Indian, "where Australia is Pujara?"
A few days ago, the former selector, junior cricket coach Jamie Cox shot at the best the impact of India's No. summarized in 3 Test batsman in his country: "Pujara summer could also plan the change in the eyelash of teaching from Australia."
On Friday (25. January), a couple of Australian batsman was trying to at least borrow some notes from the Pujara book of Test batting, even if not to take, a Chapter and a verse out of it. She ended up putting on the highest partnership for Australia in the summer. You also, ultimately, in the standings of the two highest individual scores for the home team this season, and the first to go past that 80 or more.
Travis head and spent a total of 262 minutes in the crease way to his 84, with the second-longest to stay in the crease for an Aussie in the five Tests that the team played so far. Marnus Labuschagne 81 saw him 227 minutes to spend in the crease, which was disappointing, but revealing only the fifth time, including head tapping, an Australian batsman managed, with a duration of 200 minutes - a little over three hours - in an innings this season. Pujara, in contrast, hit about 200 minutes of an innings on four occasions. His epic forays ranged from 293 minutes, 376 minutes, 481 minutes, and an incredible 548 minutes for his 194 at the SCG. He spent a total of 1869 minutes during the four Tests. That's over 31 hours in the middle. So it is safe to say that Australia is a long way to go before they find their Pujara or even someone to emulate him.
But to their credit, head-and Labuschagne, at least the blueprint is trying to follow, to an extent, and succeeded for a while. What is Pujara's blueprint? To borrow from a famous Morgan Freeman quote from The Shawshank Redemption, it is a "study of pressure and time". It's about soaking in the pressure of test match batting and spend a lot of time in the crease while doing so. Freeman was of course talking about Andy Dufresne's love for Geology, and it helped him dig a hole of a prison in the Film. For the most parts of the Australian summer, Pujara was to dig his team out of a hole.
Head and Labuschagne, in particular, started their partnership by the first principle of Pujara formula, points by you are worried about the too eager before your eye in. Suranga Lakmal was the pink ball, Lahiru Kumara, threw it across to clear at the pace and Dusmantha Chameera she was backed up by incessant, consistent and seaming the ball around. In Australia 82/4 together, when the few got. But the two older members of the middle order - with a total of 10 Tests between them - for once, were undeterred by the circumstances and the conditions. They were satisfied with the occupation of the crease and soak in the pressure.
The duo took 22 bullets to her partnership with head-kickstarting the scoring with a wild flash-cut-off Chameera. Labuschagne, on the other end, which 20 balls, before stepping out of the mark. Of these 20, he shouldered arms to 10 deliveries outside off-stump in different lengths, ducked under the three bouncers that he had nothing to do and, more importantly, presented a dead bat-foot defence for deliveries that pitched in their own half and were on the way to his stumps.
It was to write a lbw, but that was still sub-par for the course in the given scenario. It is a build-up was shot to the score that Pujara approved would. And Labuschagne the first also came in very Pujaraesque fashion as Chameera tried another mode of attack, and therefore, you drive on the right-hander's pads to play so that him, a movie to square-leg. There was the occasional play and miss, but as Pujara would do that in South Africa, born Queensland batsman to put it out of your head almost immediately, and went back to on the next ball. The only comment that was Pujara may provide Links to Labuschagne ' s report card for the early half of his innings, as you should not allow to waste a boundary ball will go, how the young people through the out of an attempted pull-shot to a very hittable short ball from Kumara.
During Labuschagne seemed to have, his thoughts on the signing of a long-term lease of the wicket, the head on the other end kept having second thoughts about the length of his stay. He kept skipping pages from the Pujara's guide, and at times slipping into old habits. It was always a flashy drive that flew past the bat, and he was lucky to get a reprieve on 29 when Niroshan Dickwella missed a straightforward chance behind the stumps off Lakmal's bowling. It was an unnecessary shot, and a rear case on a couple of he had played, during the India series, after his eyes. It was also shown in a shot that modern Australian batsmen's inability to put a real price on his wicket and to get the obvious lack of fear. It is the fear that a may not understand is that you have been taught, Pujara mind a long time ago, and one that seems to carry it, every time he goes to the crease, without ever having to leave to get it, the better it is for him.
To try the cause for the head, the odd shot in anger could perhaps be attributed to the one aspect of the partnership, which was not commendable, the lack of strike rotation. The two managed only two singles in the first 70 minutes of the partnership.
It must be said that Labuschagne and head are not really similar-blow man, not in the way they play, or their approaches in General. The head is a classic Aussie left-hander, who hangs back in his crease and is really good to play his back-foot contours, square of the wicket on the bounce on both sides. As the Sri Lankans realized that delivery was something runs short in length with the width of the path between the gully-point region, and everything was too close to him, hiding, or flicking away to be running for more. It is when the ball is pitched slightly full and the head is for driving in the preferred area of the field that he gets in trouble.
India exploited its weakness in this area is quite remarkable. Sri Lanka also tried, for a period of time, but the South Australian wasn't always sucked, so easily, like he did against Bumrah & co. he Also, like Labuschagne, took the bowlers to come upon him, and as the Lanka spirits sagged, they led the curve to the left with chances that he has a feast.
Labuschagne, is rather un-Australian-like, in terms of a characteristic front-foot player, and as his body weight is always forward. Ricky Ponting and to an extent Shane Watson are the two batsmen from the last time, was sort of similar approaches to meet the ball. And there are a lot of Watson in Labuschagne, the eyelash, the way he holds his racket with a slight Crouch in his posture, how he pushes the ball through the ceiling, which puts his whole body in the shot. To come in spite of always be keen on the forward, he is never press on the ball too much, and it allows him to play the ball late, and you maintain control over most of his recordings, as he was at the Gabba on Friday. The contrast between the two highlighted was based, in a graph, which is a considerable number of inches between the head and Labuschagne, during the dinner break, where it was clear, hit the ball on average.
The two also deals with spin differently, with Labuschagne keen on using the crease, as compared to the head, was anxious, his feet. The right-hander looked much more comfortable, especially benefit from its ability to play the sweep length and always on the ball. The head looked slightly anxious, sometimes against Dilruwan Perera, and at one point after Cricviz, 41 percent of its shots against spin, he attacked, although he could only muster a run-rate of 1.8 against Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva.
The two finally get to 166, and was followed by the Pujara-for nearly 60 overs to get there. Then, with the centuries in your eyes, you gave it away, in contrast to the Indian star, ended up scoring three of them during his visit here. In fact, in Australia they have now lost 110 doors for the last time - Usman Khawaja in the UAE - one of them three figures was for the first time in over 100 years, that it was such a drought.
Labuschaghne, especially, deserves a red mark and a rap on the knuckles for his departure, getting off on a harmless part-timer. Pujara had not, after all, is an example of how to deal with these occasional bowler?
But maybe you could confidently now. Australia is a Pujara lesson at a time. It is a curriculum, after all, can not be learned in a day.
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