Pujara is determined to excel in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which will be held against Australia from today. If he excels and starts scoring runs.. some in this series..
The upcoming four-match Test series between India and Australia will begin today (February 9). The first Test will start at 9.30 am at the Vidarbha Stadium in Nagpur. If India is to stand directly in the race for the final berth of the World Test Championships, they have to win this series with a difference of 3-1 or 3-0. A 2-0 win will depend on the results of the Test series between the other teams. But with Pant injured, Iyer absent and Bumrah still not recovered.. Chhateshwar Pujara is one of the players that Team India depended on the most in this series. And the fact that he is in good form right now is a plus point for India. After missing out on the Sri Lanka series in early 2022, Pujara played for Sussex in the County Championship. In that sequence he scored 1094 runs in just 13 innings. This new wall also scored 222 runs in the recent two-match Test series against Bangladesh.
Palitanga also became the player of the series. In this order, Pujara is determined to excel in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to be held against Australia from today. If he excels and starts scoring runs, there is a chance of breaking some records in this series. Now let’s see what they are.
- Chance to break Ganguly’s record: Pujara is likely to complete another impressive milestone in the series against Australia at home starting today. He can become the seventh highest run scorer for India in the history of Test cricket. Pujara, who has scored a total of 7,014 runs in 98 matches at an average of 44.4, will surpass Ganguly if he scores at least 199 runs in the series against Australia. Former Indian captain Dada scored 7,212 runs in Tests.
- Fourth Indian player to score 2000 runs against Australia: Pujara has played some amazing innings against Australia so far. He also played a key role in India’s success. He scored a total of 1893 runs at an average of 54.08 in 20 matches against the Aussies. It is worth noting here that Australia scored more runs than any other Test team. Pujara is just 107 runs away from reaching 2000 runs. If he scores another 107 runs in this series, he will become the fourth Indian player to score 2000 runs after Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. If Pujara manages to score more than 273 runs in the series, he will also overtake Dravid as the third highest run-scorer in Test matches against Australia. Dravid scored 2,166 runs against Australia at an average of 38.67.
- Most runs by a single bowler in Tests: The battle between Chhateshwar Pujara and Nathan Lyon is sure to impress cricket fans. The two have faced each other in 28 Test innings so far. Pujara scored 521 runs at an average of 52.1 off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. These are the most runs scored by a single bowler. Lyon was no less, taking Pujara to the pavilion ten times. No other bowler has dismissed Pujara so many times. If Pujara scores at least 11 runs off Lyon’s bowling in the upcoming matches, a record will be added to his account. Pujara holds the record for most runs by a single bowler in Test cricket since 2000. This record is currently held by Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara. He scored 531 runs at an average of 132.8 off the bowling of Pakistan bowler Saeed Ajmal in his Test career.
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