The ongoing first Test between heavyweights Australia and India started with a significant failure with the bat from the visitors. While the likes of skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane failed to deliver, there was one batsman from the side, who somehow managed to save their ass.
Riding on a brilliant ton from Cheteshwar Pujara, the Indians ended their first innings at a score of 250. The Rajkot-born batsman’s sturdy 123-run knock came as a boon for Kohli and his men and proved exactly why he has always been tipped as the next ‘Rahul Dravid’ of Indian cricket.
However, the in-form batsman could not complete the first day unbeaten, thanks to a peach of a fielding effort from Aussie pacer Pat Cummins.
In a bid to keep the strike on Day 2, Pujara tried to take a single on the very last delivery of first day’s play. Unfortunately for the batsman, it was the 6ft 4 inches tall, Cummins who was at guard.
Cummins dived like a dolphin to grab the ball and followed it up with a lightning-quick throw in one motion. Despite having only one stump to aim at, the Aussie astonishingly hit the bullseye before Pujara could push his bat over the line.
You can watch the brilliant run out over here:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2018
Much like us, Twitter was awestruck by the way Cummin sent Pujara packing!
40 degrees. 19 overs of bringing his own heat. This is what he gives the team. 5.56pm. Could have been snoozing. When you talk about playing ‘tough cricket’, play this clip. Inspirational @patcummins30 https://t.co/4I7MT6k0bQ
— Ed Cowan (@eddiecowan) December 6, 2018
This cricket play was lit as hell so I wrote about how the cricket boy who did the good cricket deserves to be on an MLB roster right now.pic.twitter.com/NdrQpsMHOb
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) December 6, 2018
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) December 6, 2018
Unreal athleticism 👏 https://t.co/XDfZlhYN4C
— Simon Mitchell (@_SimonMitchell) December 6, 2018
For some context, Pat Cummins nailed one of the great side-on run-outs at the very end of a 39-degree day on which he had bowled 19 overs. Just an incredible piece of work. https://t.co/vw0CgWWMrl
— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) December 6, 2018
The run-out was so brilliant that even caught the eye of baseball fans. A story on news.com.au stated that an MLB website suggested an American team to bag the services of the Aussie speedster!
Sensational Pat. Simply sensational.