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Cheteshwar Pujara declares Pat Cummins as the toughest bowler he’s faced

Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the most accomplished and respected batsmen in modern-day cricket, recently sat down for an interview with ESPNcricinfo, where he shared his thoughts on a variety of topics, including his greatest on-field frustrations and the toughest bowler he’s ever faced.

When asked about what makes him angry, Pujara, known for his stoic and patient demeanor both on and off the field, revealed that losing his wicket is one of the only things that can truly get under his skin. He stated, “When I get out, that is when I am the angriest. I know how to control my emotions, but I am the angriest when I get out.”

Pujara also delved into his past and future, naming his 92-run knock against Australia in the Bengaluru Test in 2017 as his best innings in the longest format of the game. When asked about the bowler he would have liked to face from the past, he chose the legendary Glenn McGrath, and for a batter he would have liked to have batted with, he selected the iconic Brian Lara.

When asked about the toughest bowler he has ever faced, Pujara didn’t hesitate to name Pat Cummins of Australia. The timing of this revelation is noteworthy, as Pujara and Cummins are set to face each other again in the upcoming four-match Test series between India and Australia, starting in February in Nagpur. This series holds a high degree of importance for India, as a victory would guarantee them a spot in the World Test Championship Final. The World Test Championship is expected to be played in the first week of June at The Oval.