Bangalore:India were looking to Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid to play the starring role in the chase of 207 but it was the debutant Cheteshwar Pujara who made the most significant contribution in securing the 2-0 series victory against Australia. Pujara batted at No. 3, displacing Rahul Dravid from a spot he has owned for over a decade, and said after the game that he learnt of the promotion only on the morning of the fifth day.
He walked in when Virender Sehwag was dismissed for 7 and began his second innings positively, despite having been dismissed lbw for 4 in the first innings by one that kept low from Mitchell Johnson. "Obviously I was a bit nervous," he told Neo Sports after the game. "I told myself I wanted to be in the present. I had practiced enough and if I looked at each and every ball, each and every over, then there is no pressure."