Australia v India: Pat Cummins’ runout described as the ‘best ever’ by Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist has described a Pat Cummins runout in the final
over of the day as “the best ever”.

Having made a patient century, Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara
pushed for a quick single, nudging a Josh Hazlewood delivery to the
on side as he darted for one.

But in an incredible show of athleticism, made all the more
impressive given he had bowled 19 overs (2/49) in the searing
Adelaide heat on Thursday, Australia’s Cummins managed to dive,
quickly scoop up the ball and throw down the stumps at the
non-striker’s end, with only one to aim at.

It sent Pujara on his way after scoring a composed 123 from 246
balls. The runout occurred on what turned out to be the final ball
of the day, with not enough time for a new batsman to come to the
crease given it was close to the cut-off time of 6pm (local).

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Given Pujara was on top of the bowlers at the end of the day, it
was a crucial blow from Cummins, with India now 9/250 at stumps on
day one of the first Test. Had Pujara remained, India’s chances of
scrounging out extra runs on Friday morning would have been far

Gilchrist heaped praise on Cummins after the runout.

Watch Cummins’ runout below:

“That should not be allowed!” Gilchrist said on Fox

“A fast bowler who’s bowled 20 overs, in the last two minutes of
the day, what an athlete!

“What a way to finish for the Australians. That’ll have their
tails up. What an inspirational runout by Pat Cummins.

“That’s the best runout ever! I’m calling it, I’m calling it

Mark Waugh echoed Gilchrist, and also touched on Usman Khawaja’s
brilliant catch earlier in the day to dismiss Virat Kohli for just
three off Cummins’ bowling.

Watch Khawaja’s catch below:

“That’s an unbelievable bit of fielding from Pat Cummins. Wow,
that’s special,” Waugh said on the telecast.

“Along with Usman Khawaja’s catch, that’s two great bits of
fielding today.

“That’s magnificent fielding, side-on, diving and throwing in
one motion from the big quick.”