The sight of Cheteshwar Pujara taking body blows during the second innings of the Brisbane Test at the Gabba was scary for his family.
Even as his wife Puja and took her eyes off the Television screen, Pujara’s two-year-old daughter, Aditi, has a unique painkiller in store for her father’s injuries.
“When he comes home, I will kiss where he is hurt, he will be fine,” said Pujara’s daughter.
The veteran batsman could be home soon as members of the Indian contingent started arriving in India on Thursday and his daughter will have the time to try out her methods.
Reacting to his daughter’s comment, Pujara said: “That’s what I do to her when she falls, so she believes that a kiss can heal every wound.”
“From my early days, I am not in the habit of taking pain- killers. That’s why my threshold to bear pain is pretty high. You play for so long, you get used to getting hit,” Pujara told the Indian Express from Brisbane.
Pujara copped blows to the back of the helmet, shoulders and forearms on Day 5 at the Gabba as India edged past Australia in what many termed “the greatest run-chase in Test cricket”.