Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has stated that Cheteshwar Pujara‘s ‘lacklustre’ batting present on the third day saved the hosts within the recreation. Whereas Pujara completed as India’s equal top-scorer with 50 alongside Shubman Gill, Ponting feels that the skilled campaigner wanted to vary his gradual batting method on Day three.
Pujara, who had received Man of the Collection award in Australia again in 2018, scored 50 off 176 balls on the SCG earlier than he fell prey to Pat Cummins. Pujara’s defensive mindset backfired as India had been bundled out for 244 within the first innings. Cummins’s four-fer dismantled the hosts’ batting unit as they misplaced their final eight wickets for 148 runs within the first two classes.
“I believe (Pujara) has received to be higher than that,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.
“He is 16 off his first 100 balls with no boundaries. That’s – and I do not care who you’re – in case you’re on the different finish and somebody is batting like that, a lot extra strain comes again on you as a result of you understand it’s important to be the one which’s going to maintain the scoreboard ticking over (and) making an attempt to get some momentum going your method as a workforce.
“If you are going to play that method and bat that lengthy, he is received to again himself to verify he will get 100, 150 at the least. To bat like he did at the moment, lastly get an awesome ball from (quick bowler Pat) Cummins, though he received 50, he simply hadn’t harm the Australians in any respect.
“In truth, batting like he did truly saved Australia within the recreation. Though Pujara received the 50 that he received, he is as responsible as anybody for slack, lacklustre batting,” Ponting additional stated.
The Aussies first secured a 94-run lead and stretched it to 197 by posting 103/2 within the second innings. Pujara has now been dismissed by Cummins 4 out of the 5 instances on this sequence. In his underwhelming stint to date, the right-hander has managed to attain simply 113 in 5 innings to date at a median of 22.6