In a recent post on Instagram, Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared a throwback picture with the other Indian fast-bowlers, Mohammad Shami, Bumrah and Umesh Yadav. In the picture, the “pace attack” discusses something during a practice session. While Bhuvneshwar sledges Pujara, the later came up with an epic reply to the post.
Bhuvneshwar revealed that the discussion between the bowlers was about unleashing an all-out bouncers attack on India’s Test batting champion, Cheteshwar Pujara.
“#Throwback to the day we were plotting an all-out bouncers attack on @cheteshwar_pujara. #fondmemories #missplaying #missbowling #paceattack,” Bhuvneshwar captioned the image on Instagram.
Following the hilarious post, Pujara came up with an epic reply that made the fans go crazy as he called the 30-year-old bowler a “mastermind”.
“@imbhuvi How exhausting it must have been to watch me leave and blunt the attack?! #MastermindBhuvi #GoodTimes,” Pujara replied.
Fans joined in the conversation where Bhuvneshwar sledges Pujara and started praising their favourite bowler. “That’s so typical,” a fan said with laughing emoji.
“@cheteshwar_pujara savage,” another one joined in. “Can’t knock him down with words either,” a user said.
Pujara back to training
Pujara returned to training after three months. He had credited his mental strength and toughness that kept him going during the lockdown. The forced break had kept the batsman away from the field.
“You have to start at some point and it is important. If you are going to the ground, you are getting used to the sun and outdoor environment. Most players have been indoors for such a long time,” Pujara told PTI.
“Initially it is just about feeling the ball and as it is, there is plenty of time before cricket starts. I don’t see any series happening for the next two-three months, so one has to take things gradually.” Pujara said his mental fortitude helped him immensely while he was confined to his house.
“If you are mentally tough, you can take a long break comfortably. Test matches don’t happen frequently so one has to play domestic cricket. It was not such a big thing for me and to come back from it, I will be fresh and more eager to play. The mental challenge is not an issue for me,” Pujara had said.
In the post-COVID-19 scenario, the world will be a new place and so will be cricket. England and West Indies series will mark the resumption of international cricket and will be played in a secure environment, behind closed doors.
“Nobody knows what the situation will be three-four months down the line when the next series will be held. The next few months are about preparation and getting back into the game. It is too far to think about the next series”, he added.
The India mainstream batsman also said that he did not watch any kind of sports during this lockdown and mostly spent the time with his family.
“I prefer not watching anything when I am home. It is not because of lockdown, otherwise, also I like to spend time with family, especially with my daughter. She likes me being around and she is enjoying this phase the most,” he added.
Before the lockdown, Pujara had helped his team, Saurashtra win their maiden Ranji Trophy. He is training currently at his academy and said will be gradually increasing the frequency of the net sessions. As of now, he is batting 20 to 25 minutes for three times a week.