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Cheteshwar Pujara Was Scared To Play A Shot: Allan Border

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Allan Border credited Australia bowlers for placing relentless stress on Indian batsmen however stated Cheteshwar Pujara was taking part in to outlive relatively than seeking to rating on Day Three of the third Take a look at in Sydney.

Former Australian captain Allan Border criticized Cheteshwar Pujara’s method, saying the India star was seemingly scared to play a shot as he scored his slowest 50 off 176 balls. Earlier, Ricky Ponting had additionally criticized his sluggish batting.

Allan Border
Allan Border. Photograph Credit score: Getty Photos

Allan Border: Cheteshwar Pujara Scared To Play A Shot

Questions have been requested of Cheteshwar Pujara’s method though he top-scored with a fifty in addition to opener Shubman Gill who additionally scored precisely 50 as India had been bundled out for 244 on Day Three of the Sydney Take a look at.

Cheteshwar Pujara batted 176 balls for his fifty, his slowest in Take a look at cricket as India struggled to maintain the scoreboard transferring within the opening session on Saturday. His batting associate and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane made 22 from 76 balls earlier than he was undone by the variable bounce on the SCG pitch.

Ajinkya Rahane with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Ajinkya Rahane with Cheteshwar Pujara. PTI.

Cheteshwar Pujara had a strike price of 28.41 and he didn’t convert his begin into a giant knock after edging an unplayable supply from Pat Cummins. Hanuma Vihari, who isn’t in kind, hit four from 38 balls as India didn’t make use of the momentum set by openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill who added 70 on 2nd day.

“He [Pujara] is nearly scared to play a shot, isn’t he? He’s taking part in to outlive relatively than seeking to rating,” Allan Border advised foxsports.com.au.

“He’s not had fairly the identical influence this sequence in that he’s taken so lengthy to attain his runs, it’s like he’s stagnated on the crease and it has had a little bit of a ripple impact via the Indian batting. They’ll’t appear to get on prime of Australia’s bowling.”

Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with 521 runs throughout India’s historic 2-1 maiden Take a look at sequence win in Australia in 2018-19 however the batsman hasn’t been capable of replicate his scoring kind. His scores of 43, 0, 17, Three and 50 haven’t impacted India’s fortunes within the absence of Virat Kohli who has headed residence on paternity go away after taking part in 1st Take a look at.

Allan Border: Australia’s Bowling Has Been Very Good

Allan Border additionally credited the Australian bowling assault for placing relentless stress on India’s batting unit in Sydney. Pat Cummins bowled 21.four overs conceding simply 29 runs in addition to selecting up four wickets. 10 of Josh Hazlewood’s 21 overs had been maidens like Pat Cummins whereas Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc conceded runs beneath 3.5 per over.

“Credit score the place credit score is due, the bowling has been superb and Australia haven’t allowed them to get away. That’s half the battle as properly, the man’s been onerous to get out but when the scoreboard isn’t transferring, finally you get your rewards,” Allan Border acknowledged.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. Picture Credit score: Getty Photos.

Australia ended Day Three in a commanding place as they’ve sealed a 197-run lead ending day Three at stumps with the rating of 103/2.  Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith have discovered kind because the duo stitched an unbeaten 50-plus stand so as to add to India’s woes on Saturday.

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