Pujara’s presence gave confidence to team, says Gavaskar

Mumbai: Team India made history as they breached Australia’s fortress at The Gabba on Tuesday and former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar applauded the effort of the Ajinkya Rahane-led side, saying that young India is not afraid of doing the unthinkable.

India beat Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test of the series at The Gabba on Tuesday to take the series 2-1.

Gavaskar termed the historic win at The Gabba a ‘magical moment’ for Indian cricket. The former opener said India was waiting to chase the game as the side wanted to finish the tour with a fairytale victory.

Absolutely, this is a magic, magical moment for Indian cricket. They were not prepared to just save the game. They were wanting to go out and finish the tour in a blaze of glory, said Gavaskar on Sony channel after the match.

Young India has done it. Young India has shown the way. Young India is showing that they are not afraid. What a win, what a magnificent win, he added.

Shubman Gill had taken on the Australian bowlers smashing 20 runs off a Mitchell Starc over, hitting three consecutive boundaries, to set the tone at the top of the innings. Rishabh Pant then played a responsible knock of 89 to help India breach the fortress.

It starts with Shubman Gill playing such a wonderful innings this morning. Then the old war horse Cheteshwar Pujara making sure that there were no inroads made by the Australians in that middle session, Gavaskar highlighted, while commentating on the series on Channel Seven.

Pujara surviving the fiery spells from the Australian pace bowlers became the highlight of the fifth day of the fourth Test. Often criticised for his slow approach, Pujara batted like a warrior. He took blows to the body, finger, and head, but did not flinch, he said.

He stood tall, defying the Australia bowlers who looked for one opportunity to break into the Indian lower-order. Gavaskar said Pujara’s presence at one end allowed other batsmen to express themselves freely.

See, whatever I say about him will be very, very less. He put his body on the line for Indian cricket, for the Indian cricket team. He took blows on gloves, body, helmet but he didn’t deter, said Gavaskar.

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