In the ongoing Test series between Australia and India, the difference between the two teams, for most parts, has been Cheteshwar Pujara. India's No.3 has been sensational to say the least, and is deservedly the leading run-getter in the series with 521 runs after seven innings.
The highlight performance of his tremendous series came in the first innings of the ongoing Sydney Test. With his team leading the series 2-1, and closing in on a maiden series win Down Under, Pujara scored a sensational 193 to help India post 623 for 7 and all but end Australia's hopes of a victory.
Such was his batting masterclass that fans from around the world were in awe with his display. Right from the Indian fans to commentators to Australian critics, everyone heaped praise on Pujara. But one appreciatory message which stood out amongst the others was that of Ravichandran Ashwin.
The off-spinner, who has been out of action since the first Test through injury, lauded Pujara in the most hilarious manner. Taking cue from the Sardar Vallabhai's Statue of Unity, he posted a picture on Instagram. His message read, "Statue of Patience. Cheteshwar Pujara looks like your satyagrahas has had a nationwide response."
At the end of Day Four of the ongoing fourth Test in Sydney, India are inches away from a first-ever series win Down Under. After the batters posted in excess of 600, the bowlers responded in equally brilliant fashion, bowling out Australia for 300.
The tormentor-in-chief for the Aussies was Kuldeep Yadav, making his maiden Test appearance Down Under. The young chinaman took a fifer, which included the prized scalps of Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Tim Paine as well as the bowling duo of Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.
With a lead of 322, Virat Kohli enforced follow-on, meaning for the first time since 1988, the Aussies had to face follow-on at home. In their second innings, they were 6 for 0 before bad light ended the day's play.