Don’t be sad, 7 runs do not mean much: Cheteshwar Pujara’s father told him after Sydney 193

first_imgDon’t be sad, 7 runs do not mean much: Cheteshwar Pujara’s father told him after Sydney 193While Cheteshwar Pujara buried Australia in a mountain of runs in the Sydney Test, his father was undergoing a heart surgery back in India.advertisement India Today Web Desk RajkotFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 14:58 IST Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged Player of the Series in the recent Border-Gavaskar series in Australia (Pujara Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series vs Australia at an average of over 74Pujara was adjudged Player of the Series in the Border-Gavaskar trophyThe 31-year-old had faced a record 1258 deliveries and batted close to 30 hours in the 4 TestsWhat Cheteshwar Pujara did in Australia circa 2018-19 will not be forgotten in a hurry. 521 runs from four Tests as India registered their first-ever Test series win on Australian soil will forever be counted among the greatest feats by an Indian batsman overseas.It was not only the runs that will be remembered. Pujara’s effort was an exhibition of Test-batting masterclass, the likes of which the world was beginning to forget.In a span of 1258 deliveries and close to 30 hours, the man from Rajkot told the world that there is still place for traditional Test batting in the era of franchise-based T20 leagues.But even as Pujara bullied Australia in their own den, his father Arvind was undergoing a heart surgery at the exact moment he was battling in the fourth and final Test in Sydney.”Firstly, I was assured by our family doctors before the Test that he would be okay. He needed the procedure because his heart rate was fluctuating. Dr Patil, who carried out the procedure, was in touch with me and told me to not worry.”I was communicating with my wife, Puja, who was travelling with my father, regularly. I knew he was in the right hands and I could focus on the Test match,” Pujara told ‘The Cricket Monthly’.”The surgery was on January 3, the first day of the Sydney Test. Although it was playing on the back of my mind, I am someone who is really mentally tough, so I could focus on my batting.”The good thing about that particular Test was that I had scored runs in the series. So my confidence was high. I had already played the practice match at the SCG [in November] so I just wanted to capitalise.”I knew the pitch would offer me some shots and I could play my natural game, unlike Adelaide and Melbourne, where I had to work hard to get runs,” he added.Cheteshwar Pujara said he was exhausted because he could not sleep well. However, he was determined to bat Australia out of the final Test and close the door on them as India went on to secure a historic series win.Pujara missed out on a maiden double hundred in Australia by 7 runs after battling hard for the team. But it was his father who consoled him and reminded his son that the double hundred was just a number.”It was not easy to sleep. My body was tired. Mentally I was relaxed because my father’s procedure was done. But I still had to bat well on day two because it was important to build on the start. I had to bat them out of the Test match – that was my goal and that is exactly what happened.”Later that evening my dad told me that the double-hundred was just a number ‘You’ve done the job for the team. Don’t be sad. Seven runs does not mean much, but the job you have done for the team means a lot’.”He is a special person in my life. Puja was telling me that, having undergone the procedure, seeing my score, he talked to all the doctors and they were congratulating him. He was so happy to speak to them about the game. For him it was not the procedure. I think he was only thinking of the Test!,” the 31-year-old said.Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in BengaluruAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31Also Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara stars in record chase as Saurashtra reach Ranji Trophy semi-final Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara’s family welcomes him with a cake after record-breaking Australia tourFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Arvind PujaraFollow Cheteshwar Pujara fatherFollow India vs Australialast_img read more

Soldier injured as train rams into military truck

A soldier was injured when a Colombo bound train crashed into a military truck in Chavakachcheri today.The police said the truck had attempted to cross the railway track when the train crashed into it. Reports from the area said that four soldiers were in the truck when the accident occurred.The four soldiers had managed to jump off the truck when they saw the train and in the process one soldier suffered injuries and was admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)