Pujara’s slowest Examination 50 percent-century, a painstaking 50 off 176 balls, handed Australia manage of the match in which they now have an general direct of 197 operates.
“He (Pujara) is almost terrified to play a shot, isn’t he? He is taking part in to endure instead than on the lookout to rating,” Allan Border told foxsports.com.au.
“He’s not experienced very the exact affect this sequence in that he is taken so long to rating his operates, it is really like he is stagnated at the crease and it has had a little bit of a ripple outcome via the Indian batting. They are unable to look to get on prime of Australia’s bowling.”
Pujara, who experienced amassed 521 runs throughout India’s historic 2-1 Check series gain in Australia in 2018-19, unsuccessful to rotate strike and it produced strain on the likes of Ajinkya Rahane (22 off 70 balls) and Rishabh Pant (36 off 67 balls).
Pat Cummins (4/29) returned with a four-wicket haul on an unresponsive track and was perfectly-supported by Josh Hazlewood (2/43) and Mitchell Starc (1/61) as Australia dismissed India for 244 on day 3.
“Credit exactly where credit score is due, the bowling has been really fantastic and Australia haven’t authorized them to get absent,” Border claimed.
“Which is 50 percent the struggle as well, the guy’s been really hard to get out but if the scoreboard is not moving, inevitably you get your rewards.”
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting far too was crucial of Pujara’s strategy and requested him to “be a little bit far more proactive with his scoring fee because I felt it was placing as well significantly tension on his batting associates.”
Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, on the other hand, believes the onus was on skipper Rahane and Hanuma Vihari to continue to keep the scoreboard ticking as Pujara was just taking part in his normal game.
“I will not feel Pujara at all is the culprit in this situation, commonly in his career he has played his brand of cricket and it would be unfair for the team to be inquiring him to be enjoying one thing which is thoroughly out of his purely natural model,” Moody explained to ESPNcricinfo.
“I will set it down to Rahane and Vihari, who came in and scored 4 off 38 balls. To me, the two these gamers want to get the video game shifting, understanding the position that Pujara has carried out not only in this sequence but every other collection that he has performed Exam cricket for India.”
Moody said India would under no circumstances gain this Examination by hoping to use down the hosts.
“It is got to be an knowledge in a team setting, that appears to be for us to compete and build on the momentum that we had in Melbourne … we obtained to be intense,” he explained.
“We obtained to take on the Australians and make certain that we are beneficial in our intent, regardless of whether it is just operating between wickets, or whatever it may be, there needs to be a clear recreation program.
“… the profession of the crease was not the suitable activity program, if which is what they were striving to do, is just to put the Australians on the field for as extended as probable and use them down due to the fact I didn’t see that way India heading to get this Test match.”
India will have to bat out of their skin to save the Check with Australia ending day 3 with a 197-run lead.
Marnus Labuschagne (47) and Steve Smith (29) ended up at the crease with Australia at 103 for 2 when the stumps ended up drawn on Saturday.