Indian No.3 star drummer Cheteshwar Pujara declined to respond to criticism that he is beating too slowly.
Pujara, one of Test cricket’s best dressed technicians, has crossed a fine line in the current series against Australia; Stoic by nature, he has at times been almost nested in an emphatic stickless contest.
Pujara made 50 of 176 balls in the opening rounds of the Third Test, a hit rate of just 28.41; painfully slow and well below his career success rate of 45.80. He carries the burden of being his team’s key batsman with Virat Kohli absent, but Saturday’s half-century was his best score in this series and gave his team a little boost.
The Indian champion hijacked a close examination of his batting pace, giving the credit to the Australian bowlers instead.
“I thought they were playing good lines and lengths, they had a good feel for this pitch,” Pujara said after Matchday 3 with India trailing 197 points and seriously risking falling to a 2 deficit. -1 in the series with a match. to play.
“I think we should give credit to the way they bowled. I felt they didn’t give too many stray balls.
“If you look at our bowling line-up, there are guys playing their first and second tryouts. So, there’s learning. They’ll get better. We’re a little inexperienced, but I think that they will improve day by day. a good opportunity for them to learn and improve at what they do. I’m sure they will learn from it. “
Pujara was asked if he had been advised to speed up during lunch on the third day, but avoided a direct response.
“If we look at the way our sleeves were progressing, we were in a comfortable position until I got out,” he told reporters.
“I think we were 180-4 and we were fine. So things changed when Rishabh [Pant] and I went out. Then we didn’t score much after that.
“I thought losing Rishabh was a turnaround. If we had had another partnership there we would certainly have put a decent total on the board. Our goal was to get 330-340, but yes we missed. Losing Ajinkya Rahane early on was a big blow, but we got over it and there was a good partnership with Rishabh. “
Pujara was played by Australian paceman Pat Cummins, with what he called the series ball and virtually unplayable.
Steve Smith (29) and Marnus Labuschagne (47) will resume for Australia on day four, looking to forge a lead at SCG. Australia is 2-103.