Cheteshwar Pujara, one of India’s mainstays in the Test format, spoke to GossipMantri and revealed how Team India managed to break through the Australian bowlers’ game plan that helped the visitors write a memorable series Down Under. Pujara, who is known to play marathon innings, told GossipMantri it planned to build partnerships after registering their lowest Test score ever. Pujara was criticized by many for his slow hitter, but the middle order batsman said playing with a lot of patience was the need of the hour to break Australia’s bowling plans.
“Credit goes to Australian bowlers. They study your batting, they review a lot of videos and then they come up with a plan. To break that, you need a lot of patience, you have to think of things to break such a game plan,” Pujara told GossipMantri.
The 33-year-old batsman also added that it was his responsibility to weather the storm and make life easy for the other batsmen.
“When it’s tough in the middle, you don’t want to throw your wicket away and put pressure on the team. If someone plays long innings, it helps the other batsmen who walk in after them,” added Pujara.
India came under pressure early in the four-game series after setting their lowest test score of 36/9 in the second innings of the first game, thanks to a dramatic collapse of the batter in Adelaide.
India lost the match by eight wickets.
Pujara said the team were disappointed with the result in Adelaide, but they decided to move on and start seeing the series as a three-game match.
“It was very difficult to accept our low score in Adelaide. We took the rest of the series as a series of three games,” he concluded.
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