Cheteshwar Pujara’s family welcomes him with a cake after record-breaking Australia tour


first_imgCheteshwar Pujara’s family made special arrangements for the cricketer’s return to Rajkot after a gruelling tour of Australia.Pujara came back home from Sydney after a ground-breaking Border-Gavaskar series which India won 2-1 to retain the trophy.He was the chief architect of India’s Test wins in Adelaide and Melbourne along with the fast bowlers and he made sure to end the series with a bang as he smashed 193 in the drawn Sydney Test.On Friday, Pujara was welcomed back by his family as he cut a cake to celebrate a successful tour Down Under.The 31-year-old posted a couple of pictures on his Instagram with his wife, daughter and parents.”Happiness is only real, when shared #FridayFeeling,” Pujara captioned the post.Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he amassed 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award.Such was Pujara’s tenacity that the Australian bowlers had no response to his concentration, defence and just absolute defiance. Australia coach Justin Langer even went on say that he had not seen anyone concentrate better than Pujara not even Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.”He proved that you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to be successful. In this day and age when the bowlers are smart, with analysts studying your weaknesses, bowling attacks being more accurate… you have to earn your runs,” head coach Ravi Shastri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.advertisementWith India’s Test assignments over for the season, the soft-spoken family man is now gearing up for his return to domestic cricket and is also looking forward to another stint in county cricket.”I’ll be playing some first-class cricket back home. During IPL, I might be playing county cricket. Next Test series is 6-7 months away. Will give me enough time to prepare. I’ll work hard on my game to play white-ball cricket. But Test cricket is my priority, it’ll always remain my priority,” Pujara had said after the Sydney Test.Also Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman GillAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Pujara frustrated top-class Aussie attack to the point of submission: Ian Chappelllast_img read more