England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day July 12, 2014

Pujara concerned at plans for tail


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'We need to figure out new plans for tailenders' - Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara expressed concern that England's last three wickets added 294 runs after the bowlers had done all the work to have the hosts down at 202 for 7*.

He was also disappointed at missing a golden chance to score a century on a flat and slow pitch, and leaving unfinished the task of taking India to absolute safety. He went for a cut on 55, but failed to keep it down and ended up offering a catch to point. But more frustrating was repeatedly failing to get through the tail.

"We will have to think about how to get the tailenders out," Pujara said. "The way they have scored after losing seven wickets, we will have to regroup and have a chat with the bowlers and plan for the next few matches in case the same situation arises. We will definitely need a strategy for the tailenders."

One of the reasons why India struggled with the lower order could have been that they didn't reverse-swing the ball as much as they would have liked. But Pujara said they did the best they could have done.

"I think we did overall get reverse swing," Pujara said. "But at times the ball was not carrying to the slips so there wasn't enough bounce from the wicket to get the reverse-swing going. At times when we did get the reverse, the ball didn't carry. Overall our bowlers did a good job. If you look at it we got the first seven wickets early. That is what we target, to get the top order as early as possible. Otherwise they batted well, and you have to give credit to them."

Pujara said he knew it was going to be hard work on this pitch. "We knew it wouldn't be easy to get them out because we also added more than 100 for the last wicket," he said. "They batted really well. Credit to them. Especially Joe Root. He didn't allow James Anderson to come to strike for the first three-four balls, and their plan worked out. I think it was obviously disappointing. We got seven early wickets, and then the lower order batted well for them."

Root and Anderson added a world-record 198 for the 10th wicket, which Anderson said was aided by the flatness of the pitch. It could be seen the pitch didn't have much in it even when India batted. Which is what will make Pujara kick himself even more. "I was disappointed at the way I got out," he said. "I should have batted more responsibly. It was almost evening, and the game was about to be over for the day, and we had just lost Vijay. I should have played a little more carefully. The ball bounced a little more than I expected, and I couldn't control it."

India now lead by 128 with seven wickets in hand, and a day's play on a slow low pitch to go. It is not surprising that they are not thinking in terms of a declaration now. "We just need to bat well in the first session," Pujara said. "Then we can take a call."

* July 13, 2014 4.05am GMT: England's score was mentioned as 202 for 3. It has been corrected

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    SOS Umesh Yadav. He should be in England. This being a long tour he can replace Mohd Shami in every alternate test. This way both can give their best. Ashwin could come in place of Binny. The 5-10 overs of Binny can always be compensated by the likes of Virat and Dhoni himself. What happened to Pujara's offspin? He was reportedly working on his bowling in order to get into the ODI and T20 teams. He and the likes of Vijay need to bowl more regularly. Vijay hit a beautiful line and length for the couple of overs that he bowled.

  • am on July 13, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Make three changes for the lord's test. Play Gambhir in the place of Dhawan and in place of Ishanth sharma play Iswar pandey or Pankaj Singh.

    from 202-7 they made 496. We should have been in a winning position but all the hard work done by batsman is now history. Bowlers have squandered and no point in cribbing. I am sure you guys remember how Waqar younis or Wasim akram or some other pakistan bowlers used to simply make tail NON EXISTENT. Those were golden days. We used to see proper reverse swing, they used to make no.9,10,11 look like bunnies. Pakistan is so lucky in that way. They had amazing bowlers in past. But we Indians? have to wait and wait for a fast bowler who can bowl like that at 140k and swing like that.

    We simply don't have bowlers who can take 5/70 or 5/50 type in 20 overs. Pankaj Singh, iswar panedy. I like Varun Aron but I am not sure if he can last for 5 day test match. Does he have the stamina, skill to bowl properly ?

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @Aartitrivedi : Pujara's batting in no way is a reflection of his lacking in confidence infact that is exactly his role in the team to play the anchor, besides he has shown his ability to accelerate in the later part of his innings in South Africa who had a much better bowling attack than the English.. Now we don't wanna have 11 Gayles in our team, do we??

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I hope Aaron comes in for the next match in place of Binny. Binny was nothing more than a spectator here , and that pace is not going to do wonders for him either unless it is a freakish pitch similar to the one in Bangladesh. With Aaron's extra pace the short ball will become more pf a weapon for the tail-enders.

  • Sanjiv on July 13, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    India bowlers' sloppy performance with tails overseas is a long standing issue - I recall this being a problem during their last England tour, then again more recently in NZ and SA. Pujara is confirming what all us India fans have long suspected - our team are either poor learners or lazy performers - despite a large contingent of support staff and generous facilities. The first test is heading to be a certain draw - so I now revise my tour predictions to a 4 nil England victory. That is important to secure Dhoni's exit from test captaincy.

  • Android on July 13, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @ Aarti Trivedi- Hope you aware it is a test match you watching n not a t-20.. players on boundary..pujara playing defensively??? Players on boundary ropes won't get you wickets but close in fielders will..playing quickly won't win you matches but yes playing sensibly will: -)

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Pujara I am worried about our batting rather English Tail batsmen. Joe Root and Anderson are not going to be so lucky each time. Hopefully Dhoni is not going to help them with his weird field placing each time.. I suggest you worry about your batting and scoring rate? Not 2 runs every 3 or 4 overs.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Dhoni's field placing was atrocious no body close to boundary until Tea time, wonder why? While English batsmen were hitting each ball to boundary

    Indians do not play as a team no one pointed this to Dhoni including vise Caption Virat do not know what the problem is. where as with other teams you see just about every one has input while match is going on.

    Pujara the batsman just stands there like a wall for 30 or so minutes. Does our batsmen still lack confidence? Most of them have been overseas before.

  • Android on July 13, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    I am perplexed by dhonis choice of ravindra jadeja.. ahead of ashwin.. stop this farce

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    India should go with Ashwin definitely, the way he bats & with his batting record, He can play as a pure specialist Batsman only, definitely better than Binny. No matter, on which pitch India is playing, India should be playing with two specialist spinners because no South Africa, New Zealand or England is that comfortable against spin on any pitch. Furthermore, England do have a number of left handers, against which he is a real man, India can go for a left right spin bowling combination which can be very useful

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