Cheteshwar Pujara was “scared to play shot” and simply regarded to outlive relatively than taking the combat to the Australians, former skipper Allan Border mentioned on Saturday, slamming the Indian’s batting ways on day three of the third Take a look at.
Pujara’s slowest Take a look at half-century, a painstaking 50 off 176 balls handed Australia management of the match through which they now have total lead of 197 runs.
“He (Pujara) is nearly scared to play a shot, is not he? He’s taking part in to outlive relatively than trying to rating,” Allan Border advised foxsports.com.au.
“He is not had fairly the identical impression this collection in that he is taken so lengthy to attain his runs, it is like he is stagnated on the crease and it has had a little bit of a ripple impact by way of the Indian batting. They can not seem to get on high of Australia’s bowling.”
Pujara, who had amassed 521 runs throughout India’s historic 2-1 Take a look at collection win in Australia in 2018-19, did not rotate strike and it created strain on the likes of Ajinkya Rahane (22 off 70 balls) and Rishabh Pant (36 off 67 balls).
Pat Cummins (four/29) returned with a four-wicket haul on an unresponsive observe and was well-supported by Josh Hazlewood (2/43) and Mitchell Starc (1/61) as Australia dismissed India for 244 on day three.
“Credit score the place credit score is due, the bowling has been excellent and Australia have not allowed them to get away,” Border mentioned.
“That is half the battle as effectively, the man’s been arduous to get out but when the scoreboard is just not transferring, finally you get your rewards.”
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting too was essential of Pujara’s strategy and requested him to “be a bit extra proactive together with his scoring fee as a result of I felt it was placing an excessive amount of strain on his batting companions.”
Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, nevertheless, believes the onus was on skipper Rahane and Hanuma Vihari to maintain the scoreboard ticking as Pujara was simply taking part in his pure sport.
“I do not assume Pujara in any respect is the perpetrator on this case, typically in his profession he has performed his model of cricket and it could be unfair for the workforce to be asking him to be taking part in one thing which is completely out of his pure type,”Moody advised ESPNcricinfo.
“I’ll put it all the way down to Rahane and Vihari, who got here in and scored four off 38 balls. To me, each these gamers have to get the sport transferring, understanding the position that Pujara has performed not solely on this collection however each different collection that he has performed Take a look at cricket for India.”
Moody mentioned India would by no means win this Take a look at by attempting to put on down the hosts. “It is bought to be an understanding in a workforce setting, that search for us to compete and construct on the momentum that we had in Melbourne … we bought to be aggressive,” he mentioned.
“We bought to tackle the Australians and be sure that we’re constructive in our intent, whether or not it’s simply operating between wickets, or no matter it is perhaps, there must be a transparent sport plan.
“… the occupation of the crease was not the suitable sport plan, if that is what they had been attempting to do, is simply to place the Australians on the sector for so long as doable and put on them down as a result of I did not see that method India going to win this Take a look at match.”
India must bat out of their pores and skin to save lots of the Take a look at with Australia ending day three with a 197-run lead. Marnus Labuschagne (47) and Steve Smith (29) had been on the crease with Australia at 103 for two when the stumps had been drawn on Saturday.