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File image of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane(AP)

Where do Kohli, Rahane and Pujara stand in latest ICC Test batsmen rankings

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 03:27 PM IST
Often criticised for his slow approach, Pujara batted like a warrior in the fourth Test against Australia to help set the stage for India's historic win at Australia's fortress -- The Gabba. He took blows to the body, fingers, and head, but did not flinch.
Cheteshwar Pujara lets one go to the keeper. (Getty)
Cheteshwar Pujara lets one go to the keeper. (Getty)

'They've always been a challenging team': Pujara names toughest Ind-Aus series

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 07:27 PM IST
  • The 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy is not the toughest India-Australia Test series he's been a part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara
File photo of former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh(AP)
File photo of former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh(AP)

'I will always pick him in my all-time XI': Harbhajan on current India batsman

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:17 PM IST
Cheteshwar Pujara’s grittiness with the bat and never say die attitude impressed veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, so much so that he went on to state that Pujara will always be a part of his all-time Test XI.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara reacts as he bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara reacts as he bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)

Pujara talks about two India players who allow him to play his ‘natural game’

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 11:10 AM IST
  • Pujara’s knock of 56 in the last Test in Brisbane was extremely important for India in their run-chase. He held up one end as other batsmen tried to go for the target at the Gabba.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)

'I had a clear game plan': Pujara on getting hit 11 times on Day 5 of 4th Test

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 12:12 PM IST
  • Pujara opened up on his decision to not defend the rising deliveries with his bat and why he instead chose to get hit on the body.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)

I had to grip the bat with four fingers, it wasn't natural: Cheteshwar Pujara

By Sanjjeev K Samyal, Rasesh Mandani
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 10:17 AM IST
  • Match by match, session by session, Pujara spoke about the experience of being in the thick of action in a historic series and on how he made a gash through Australia's plans mid-way through the series.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin along with batsman Cheteshwar Pujara(R Ashwin/ Instagram)
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin along with batsman Cheteshwar Pujara(R Ashwin/ Instagram)

Will take half my moustache out: Ashwin's open challenge to Pujara for Eng Tests

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:50 PM IST
Ahead of the upcoming Test series against England, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has thrown a big challenge to his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara.
File photo of Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara(AP)
File photo of Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara(AP)

‘The rock of RAJKOT’: Cricket fraternity wishes Cheteshwar Pujara on 33rd B'day

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 12:42 PM IST
Cricket fans and people from the cricket fraternity took to Twitter to wish India's masterful batsman on his birthday.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara in a Test match against Australia(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara in a Test match against Australia(AP)

'Without Cheteshwar Pujara, India would've lost to Australia 3-0'

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 09:36 PM IST
Hailing Cheteshwar Pujara’s gallant effort, former England opener Nick Compton said India would have ended up losing the series against Australia 3-0 instead of wining it 2-1 if it wasn't for the No.3 batsman’s unmatchable patience and determination.
So deep is the divide within the state BJP that Yediyurappa now faces opposition not just from his earlier detractors but those who were once seen to be close to the Lingayat leader.(ANI)
So deep is the divide within the state BJP that Yediyurappa now faces opposition not just from his earlier detractors but those who were once seen to be close to the Lingayat leader.(ANI)

News updates from HT: Karnataka CM makes changes in Cabinet to contain dissent

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 05:02 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Cheteshwar Pujara gets hit on the body on day 5 of the 4th Test between India and Australia at Brisbane.(Getty Images)
Cheteshwar Pujara gets hit on the body on day 5 of the 4th Test between India and Australia at Brisbane.(Getty Images)

Pujara's father reveals what India no 3 said when asked about being hit on body

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:14 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Arvind Pujara feared for son as he bore painful body blows to blunt bowlers, setting up the Gabba victory
India's Cheteshwar Pujara reacts as he receives treatment after he is hit while batting during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara reacts as he receives treatment after he is hit while batting during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba.(AP)

Cheteshwar Pujara reveals why he ‘decided to let the ball hit the body’

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 06:00 PM IST
  • Pujara scored 54 in the second innings and kept India steady. En route to the slowest half-century of his Test career, Pujara endured 11 blows to the body. Yes, 11 – thrice on the helmet, once on the left bicep, thrice on the bottom glove on his right arm, and once on the chest, and some more.
Photo of former Australian captain Michael Clarke(Twitter)
Photo of former Australian captain Michael Clarke(Twitter)

'Australia just couldn't get him out': Clarke on India batsman's 'huge role'

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:24 AM IST
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke is one of the experts who is in the awe of India No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara. Clarke also compared Pujara with former India captain Rahul Dravid and said the Australian bowlers couldn't get the better of him.
Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, (PTI)
Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, (PTI)

Deus ex machina: Two decades apart, India do the unexpected against Aussies

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 08:40 PM IST
India vs Australia: What helped India win this series? There could be many logical answers and yet there could be no answer to it at all. It wasn't meant to happen, such things don't happen at all. The rarity of such this accomplishment is what makes it surreal and overwhelming. Perhaps like a deus ex machina, that enters a play at the last moment and solves all the problems.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball bowled by Australia's Pat Cummins.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays at the ball bowled by Australia's Pat Cummins.(AP)

Pujara v Cummins: Immoveable object vs unstoppable force

By Snehal Pradhan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:23 AM IST
India vs Australia: These are athletes who deal in volume, display excellence in bulk. If they were in theatre, they would be accused of hogging the stage. They do, because they are too good to be dislodged.
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)

India vs Australia, 4th Test: India's miracle at the Gabba

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Stringing together an inexperienced eleven, India stood up to intimidating bowling on a fifth day pitch to defeat Australia by three wickets in the last hour of the fourth Test in Brisbane and win the Test series 2-1.
Cheteshwar Pujara struck by a short ball from Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)
Cheteshwar Pujara struck by a short ball from Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara takes body blows to lead India to win in Brisbane

By Rasesh Mandani
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:28 PM IST
India vs Australia: Like Close, Pujara will end the day with bruises all over his body--symbols of the nearly immoveable resilience he offered in the face of fiery Aussie fast bowling desperate for a win.
India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)
India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)

India trump Aus by 3 wkts at Brisbane, record 2nd straight series win Down Under

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:05 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) took India to a memorable victory with a final day chase at Brisbane.
India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--(AFP)
India's batsman Cheteshwar Pujara plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 19, 2021. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON / AFP) / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--(AFP)

'Never trusted DRS': Ian Chappell fumes after 'bizarre' LBW call saves Pujara

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 08:25 AM IST
India vs Australia: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell questioned the technology while speaking on On ABC Grandstand, according to Fox Cricket.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara walks from the field after he was dismissed during play on day three of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara walks from the field after he was dismissed during play on day three of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

‘His style of play allows bowler to hone in on dinner plate,’ Moody on Pujara

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:02 AM IST
India vs Australia: On Sunday, Pujara got a start, getting to 25 before being dismissed by Josh Hazlewood out caught behind, and hence failing to cash in on a start.
Josh Hazlewood bowls on Day 3. (Getty Images)
Josh Hazlewood bowls on Day 3. (Getty Images)

'He plays a massive role for them': Hazlewood glad to remove 'key' India batsman

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:58 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Each wicket is special for Hazlewood but the fast bowler is highly content with one dismissal in particular.
Sydney: Rival captain's Australia's Tim Paine, left, and India's Ajinkya Rahane gesture to each other following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The test ended in a draw and the series is at 1-1 all with one test to play. AP/PTI(AP01_11_2021_000059B)(AP)
Sydney: Rival captain's Australia's Tim Paine, left, and India's Ajinkya Rahane gesture to each other following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The test ended in a draw and the series is at 1-1 all with one test to play. AP/PTI(AP01_11_2021_000059B)(AP)

A fast and weary Test at the Gabba

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 08:51 PM IST
India vs Australia: This is the venue Australia usually prefers for the series opener, as a shock-and-awe welcome to the touring side. This time it's hosting the series finale, but the shock-and-awe may still be in play for a battered Indian side fighting like a valiant unit under siege.
Cheteshwar Pujara leaves the ball. (Getty)
Cheteshwar Pujara leaves the ball. (Getty)

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara and the virtues of slowness

By Somshuvra Laha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:48 AM IST
  • India vs Australia: Strike rates are an integral part of cricket of course; in limited overs games, in T20s in particular, strike rate is king, but does it have a role in Test matches?
India's Rishabh Pant hits a ball for the boundary on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday(HT Photo)
India's Rishabh Pant hits a ball for the boundary on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday(HT Photo)

‘Had Pant batted a bit longer, India could have won the match’, says Gambhir

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:35 PM IST
Impressed with Rishabh Pant's batting show, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that the youngster played a major role in keeping India alive in the third Test against Australia in Sydney.
India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari walk back to the dressing room after drawing the third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground(Twitter)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari walk back to the dressing room after drawing the third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground(Twitter)

Incredible India! R Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari highlight a great escape

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 09:11 PM IST
With a target of 309 going into the fifth day with two wickets down, India lost only three more to stay unbeaten on 334 in 131 overs. It is the third most overs faced in a fourth innings on Australian soil in the last 10 years.
Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate in dressing room after India drew the Sydney Test(Twitter)
Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate in dressing room after India drew the Sydney Test(Twitter)

Hope all of us realise importance of Pujara, Pant & Ashwin: Ganguly

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 03:44 PM IST
  • Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant laid the foundation of the fightback in contrasting styles with their 148-run partnership. After the duo was sent back in quick succession, the Australians were frustrated by the pair of Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin
Not out batsman India's Ravichandran Ashwin, right, and Hanuma Vihari walk from the field following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground,(AP)
Not out batsman India's Ravichandran Ashwin, right, and Hanuma Vihari walk from the field following play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground,(AP)

India reach 'unique milestone' after batting for 131 overs in 4th innings

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 02:09 PM IST
During the chase, India batted their longest (in terms of balls) - 131 overs - in the fourth innings of a Test match to blunt the Australian bowling and pull off a sensational draw.
R Ashwin(Cricket Australia)
R Ashwin(Cricket Australia)

Draw worth its weight in gold: India bat 131 overs to save Sydney Test

By hindustantimes.com, HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 03:09 PM IST
India vs Australia: India batted their longest (in terms of balls) - 131 overs - in the fourth innings of a Test match away from home since 1978 to keep the series locked at 1-1 with the final Test to be played in Brisbane.
India's Cheteshwar Pujara, right, reacts after reaching 50 runs during play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.(AP)
India's Cheteshwar Pujara, right, reacts after reaching 50 runs during play on the final day of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.(AP)

Pujara joins Sachin, Gavaskar and other greats with patient knock at SCG

PTI | By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 09:30 AM IST
India vs Australia: Pujara became the 11th Indian to cross the 6000-run mark in Test cricket. He reached the milestone on Day five of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australian captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine (R) reacts as India's Cheteshwar Pujara hits the ball during play on day three of the Sydney Test(AP)
Australian captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine (R) reacts as India's Cheteshwar Pujara hits the ball during play on day three of the Sydney Test(AP)

India vs Australia: Tim Paine fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 07:07 PM IST
Paine was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match.”
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