Pujara has been hit on the body 11 times, including three times on the helmet, as he fights to save the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
A draw will be enough for India to retain the trophy, although Pujara has given the visitors every chance of pulling off a remarkable victory.
Cummins pins Pujara
The third blow to the helmet was by far the worst, as Pujara was hit by a lethal ball from fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.
Pujara’s helmet guard flew off as the Australian players rushed to make sure he was OK.
“That is a shocking blow to the head,” Brett Lee said on Fox Cricket.
“That’s ugly, thank God he’s got the grill on.”
Fellow commentator Shane Warne was equally concerned.
“That is a nasty blow, a well directed bouncer but luckily he is OK,” Warne said.
“Thank goodness for helmets. Concentration, guts, courage – just shows you the class of Pujara.”
The Indian medical staff were frequently called upon during Pujara’s vigil. As well as the hits to the head, the 32-year-old was struck in the ribs, the elbow and the fingers on multiple occasions.
Despite often showing visible signs of pain, Pujara continued to defy the Australian bowlers, his innings stretching beyond four hours as he closed in on his half-century.
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