Beyond outcomes and heroics, sometimes the purest joy of cricket lies in the experience of watching two players go up against each other.
When the bowler pulls a great technical move and the batsman finds a way to escape the trap; the battles-within-the-battle often end up defining the series and etch the contest even deeper in memory. The 2018-19 tour comes to mind, when Cheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs and faced 1,258 deliveries, and paved the way for India’s historic 2-1 series win Down Under.
But, two summers later, Australia seemed to have found an answer to its nemesis and one man is at the centre of it at the moment: Pat Cummins. Cummins has dismissed Pujara three times in four innings this series and conceded just 14 runs from the 80 deliveries he has bowled to India’s No. 3 so far.
However, when asked why the Australians…