A lively pitch assisting both seam and spin. Your skipper loses the toss and you’re out there opening the batting. Your opening partner goes second ball shouldering arms to one that jags back in.
Not the best circumstances to try and make your comeback into the test team?
Unless you are Cheteshwar Pujara.
You respond the only way you know how. With runs. Tough runs while your team-mates crumble under pressure. You grit your teeth and grind it out.
Solid forward defence against pace. Fleet-footed against spin. Old fashioned test cricket.
So what if you had to carry drinks for your more ‘talented’ team-mates in the last few games?
Technique. Temperament. Test match hundred.
Cheteshwar Pujara, how we’ve missed you. Take a bow!