AUS vs IND, 3rd test: Rishabh Pant’s dismissal was the turning point, Cheteshwar Pujara feels


Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said on Saturday that the resignation of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was the turning point on the third day of the ongoing Pink Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India’s middle and lower rankings failed to deliver and India was eliminated for 244 in the second session, with Australia taking a 197-point lead over the visitors. Pant and Pujara entered into a 53-run partnership, but as soon as Pant was sacked, the floodgates opened and India went all-out from 195-4 to 244.

“You have to give credit to Australia for the way they bowled, they didn’t give loose balls. If you look at the way our innings progressed, we were in trouble when Rishabh came out, apart from that, until then we were in. a comfortable position We were 180/4 but it turned out when Rishabh came out and then I got out After that we didn’t score too much, I thought losing Pant was a turnaround, our goal was to get around 330 340, but we missed that opportunity, ”said Pujara during the virtual press conference at the end of the third match day.

Both Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were hit on the hands – elbow and thumb, respectively – and as a result, both players were taken for scans and did not come on the field when India came bowling.

“When Rishabh got hit I didn’t know how bad it was, I don’t know what the results of his scans are, I’ll know later. Both Pant and Jadeja are important members of the team, no matter what happens to me. always feel like we have to put on a good show tomorrow, “said Pujara.

“To be fair, it has an impact because we’re left with four bowlers and it puts pressure on the other bowlers, so it’s never easy when you lose a bowler, especially when it’s Ravindra, because he can keep bowling from one. side and he can get the ball on the right line and length, he puts pressure on the batsmen He is valuable as a bowler and fielder, losing him is a blow to us but tomorrow’s first session will be crucial and we will have a better show drop, ”he added.

Speaking of the frequent collapses in overseas conditions, Pujara said, “I would say when we play overseas it’s never easy, some guys are still learning. We need to hit well as a lower order, we just have to to accept this, it’s something we need to address, we’ve talked about it too, I feel a great concern that we’ll lose too many wickets when we’re six, the lower middle order has to hit well, Bumrah has improved his batting, and our bowlers are working on their batting. The margin of error is less like a batsman, you have to give credit to the bowlers too. “


In the second innings, Australia had reached a score of 103/2, extending their lead to 197. Pujara said the team’s lineup is relatively young and they will learn from this opportunity.

“Our bowlers are learning, if you look at our current fast-bowling line-up, they are a little inexperienced. But I think they will get better every day. It’s an opportunity for them to learn. It’s Siraj’s second game. and Saini’s first game, they will definitely make mistakes, we should give them some time to get used to it, it’s not easy to bowl in Australia, our bowlers still have a few things to learn, some things could have been better , we have to show better discipline in our bowling, we do the things we can, ”said Pujara.

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