India vs Australia: Australia’s debutant Will Pucovski hails Ashwin, says ‘the most unique’

Will Pucovski made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney. He scored 62 and made a maiden fifty right on his debut.

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Will Pucovski celebrating after hitting his maiden fifty.

Australia’s opener Will Pucovski played his debut Test match in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. He gave a defining performance with the bat, especially when his team needed the most.

As India’s buttery finger gave him a few extra chances, the former made the most of it. He scored his maiden fifty and departed after scoring 62 runs. He consolidated well with Marnus Labuschagne that gave Australia the middle over buoyancy.

“It was a pretty incredible experience. It’s meant everything to be honest, that I am putting in a lot of hard yards on and off the field, hopeful that this day would come and it was a very special day,” Pucovski said at the virtual post-day press conference talking about his experience.

Appreciates Indian Bowlers

He appreciated Indian bolwers and Ravichandran Ashwin in specific for the latter variation in the bowling. “They (Indian bowlers) are all very good. Playing your first game, I would say Ashwin, probably, is the one who is the most unique in a way.

“Obviously (Jasprit) Bumrah has his unique action but Ashwin just with his different variations and how he uses the same to sort of bowl. But yes his little-different variations, was something that I hadn’t really experienced before, so that was quite challenging,” said Pucovski.

Following his brilliant innings, Pucovski became the youngest Australian to score a half-century on debut. He said, “It was a very nice batting wicket. I am very hopeful that with the amount of batting in the team now and what we have got to come, we can post a really good total and then with the world-class attack that we have put them (India) under the pump, hopefully dominate the game.”

The debutant said that he was prepared for short balls, which he expected to face in high numbers from Indian bowlers. “I’ve been bounced non-stop in all cricket I’ve played really, just with my history of concussion. It’s part of it, to be honest. I knew India would come at me pretty hard with it. I felt like I handled it well at times and probably went out of my bubble at other times.”

“But a lot of that comes down to the excitement of your first game and just making sure you get that first one out of the way then hopefully roll on and improve from my experience today,” he added.

Having made a 104-run-partnership with Marnus Labuschagne, Pucovski appreciated Labuschagne and said , “He has been amazing the last couple of years, so just feeding off his experience a little bit. I was honestly telling him how much I was loving it to be honest, he was a great support out in the middle, so it was awesome to bat with such a good player and start to learn a bit about Test cricket.”

The Australian debutant Will Pucovski was to feature in the first two Test matches but couldn’t due to concussion-related issues. He picked up the head injury during the warm-up game ahead of the series-opener.  

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