India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 3rd day March 4, 2013

Tough spin test awaits Australia - Pujara

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Australia are in for a tough test against spin on the fourth day, double-centurion Cheteshwar Pujara has said. Pujara reached his second double-century in Tests, was involved in a triple-century stand with M Vijay, before R Ashwin picked up two wickets in Australia's second innings with India still leading by 192.

"They need to apply themselves," Pujara said after the third day's play. "They don't know how to go about on turning tracks. They have prepared, we know what their strengths are and are trying to find their weaknesses. I think our spinners have been doing it successfully and they need to continue what they are doing.

Only one wicket fell on the second day; on the third there were 11. "It's turning a little more and the odd ball is jumping," Pujara said.

Australia didn't pick Nathan Lyon for this Test; Pujara said he was comfortable facing him as well as other Australian spinners, including Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty. "I think he went for lots of runs, that's why they made the change. I have batted well against [Graeme] Swann and [Monty] Panesar in the past, which helped me play against Australian spinners."

Pujara batted for almost seven hours and was seen limping for a good part of his innings due to a hamstring injury. "I pulled my hamstring and yesterday in the first session it was very difficult for me to run and even focus on my batting. When my hamstring was sore, I just wanted to hang around and let the time go by and afterwards I was much better and could concentrate on my batting. The injury is settling down and I hope I will be better."

Pujara fell trying to hook James Pattinson when on 204, being caught at fine leg. It was a shot he was still working on, he said. "I think it's a scoring opportunity but you need to play the shot at the right height. The ones which are above the shoulder I need to leave those balls. I still need to learn that shot and I will be working on it for sure."

A knee injury, for which he had to undergo a surgery, sidelined Pujara for a good part of 2011 and the start of 2012. "Injuries have taught me a lot," he said. "It motivates you to work hard on your game and even on fitness as well."

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  • Ganga789 on March 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    The combined Aus total is not upto one solid Indian partnership. Time for serious thinking. Where is patience in Aus batters?

  • Int.Curator on March 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @ 28041991. Regarding Indians skill set on flat crumbley wickets compared to traditional pitches they are currently excellent compared to Australia. Australia skill set adapt very well to various pitches. If you bother to look through ICC Test history rankings. Since 2003 Australia has rated as the No.1 test Team for 74 months. While India rated No.1 test team for 21 months. You talk about failure. Indian cricket has failed by creating a bubble. They leave flat crumbley pitches their skill set fails.

  • Blokey on March 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    So, @28041991, have you actually bothered to check the performances of India and Australia abroad of late? Australia haven't lost a test series abroad for about 3 years. You are clutching at straws, my friend. And only 3 players in this team have played test cricket in India before, so saying they don't have a good record there is a bit silly. Shall I tell you why Australia does poorly regularly only in India, & why India does so poorly abroad almost everywhere? Hint: it's something to do with that thing in the middle of the field. Your admin and captain prefer easy, short-term, face-saving wins to long term results. It's a bit like IPL: instant gratification, not a lot of thinking going on. And that's what you are getting here. If India was interested in improving it's test cricket players for the future, it would vary the conditions of its pitches. But no, that would risk its shortcomings being exposed to the public - especially Dhoni's. So it's just one size (and colour) fits all.

  • isildur_elendilson on March 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Blokey: Well then I suppose we need to get some home conditions to make you guys comfortable then. If people have brains in the right place, I don't think they are using different pitches. Both teams played on the same pitch, and unless that is unfair to make your feelings soothe, please play school cricket.

    India could bat only 1 innings and that is enough for this series for the Australians to catch up. NICE THRASHING GOING ON now.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @Blokey right away started whinning.....if these pitches didnt have anything in it for every one how come the medicore bowler ( atleast according to you ) bhuvaneshwar kumar got 3 wicket , and that too of your top order who is well established batsmen of swing and seam....easy to give excuses.... tough to accept the reality...

  • samincolumbia on March 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    The Aussie team could not even score the runs what Pujara scored by himself...the modern day Bradman aka Hughes (as per the aussie fans) had an off day. Haha..

  • iluvtest on March 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @mzm149, Sir Pujara cannot be Vinod Kambli.In terms of talent may be yes but in other things Pujara can be much like Dravid.Pujara if lucky to maintain his fitness can serve India long and can play equal role in both ODI's and Tests. Once he adjusted his technique in SA for fast and seaming wickets he can be very important member of Indian team.He should try to play county cricket at least for two seasons and I am sure, being the learner he is he can be a better batsman on any surface facing any bowling.All our prospective players should try this instead of killing their technique in IPL.Even if they lose money for two seasons they can get more after their stint with County Cricket as they will be better players with superior skills and command higher price.

  • Blokey on March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Easy to be confident on rolled mud. This track made Maxwell and Doherty look good by the third day. It's really saying something when they can take 7-90 between them during that period. The reality is that the ball is bouncing and spinning everywhere. These are really tough batting conditions. Not much a batsman can do, really. The Indians weren't up for it after the first two wickets fell (against a T20 dart thrower and an ODI specialist), so we shouldn't be too surprised if the Australian batsmen aren't either. Remember, this Indian team were thrashed 4-0 on much fairer tracks in Australia not that long ago, tracks that had a bit in for everyone. I'm afraid we cannot say the same about the tracks that have been presented here, and very deliberately so.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @Int.Curator perhaps you should have a look at stats.... most of the indian batsmen did well in aus... remember dravid, sachin , lax, ganguly... they have all better record in aus than most of aus players.... and in contrast not even a single player from ausie have good record in INDIA.... this shows the quality of cricket among indian and aus team..... indians can adjust and play everywhere, ya that quality has come from these so called flat and crumbly pitches..... and what happens with the players who likes to play on so called great pitches ???? they fail miserably in sub continent.....

  • Mr.AB on March 5, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @ Int.Curator Ironically, the same applies to Aussies cricket as well but in a different way. And I won't agree to your claim that Indian cricketers make 'adequate bowling spinners'.

  • Ganga789 on March 5, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    The combined Aus total is not upto one solid Indian partnership. Time for serious thinking. Where is patience in Aus batters?

  • Int.Curator on March 5, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @ 28041991. Regarding Indians skill set on flat crumbley wickets compared to traditional pitches they are currently excellent compared to Australia. Australia skill set adapt very well to various pitches. If you bother to look through ICC Test history rankings. Since 2003 Australia has rated as the No.1 test Team for 74 months. While India rated No.1 test team for 21 months. You talk about failure. Indian cricket has failed by creating a bubble. They leave flat crumbley pitches their skill set fails.

  • Blokey on March 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    So, @28041991, have you actually bothered to check the performances of India and Australia abroad of late? Australia haven't lost a test series abroad for about 3 years. You are clutching at straws, my friend. And only 3 players in this team have played test cricket in India before, so saying they don't have a good record there is a bit silly. Shall I tell you why Australia does poorly regularly only in India, & why India does so poorly abroad almost everywhere? Hint: it's something to do with that thing in the middle of the field. Your admin and captain prefer easy, short-term, face-saving wins to long term results. It's a bit like IPL: instant gratification, not a lot of thinking going on. And that's what you are getting here. If India was interested in improving it's test cricket players for the future, it would vary the conditions of its pitches. But no, that would risk its shortcomings being exposed to the public - especially Dhoni's. So it's just one size (and colour) fits all.

  • isildur_elendilson on March 5, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @Blokey: Well then I suppose we need to get some home conditions to make you guys comfortable then. If people have brains in the right place, I don't think they are using different pitches. Both teams played on the same pitch, and unless that is unfair to make your feelings soothe, please play school cricket.

    India could bat only 1 innings and that is enough for this series for the Australians to catch up. NICE THRASHING GOING ON now.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @Blokey right away started whinning.....if these pitches didnt have anything in it for every one how come the medicore bowler ( atleast according to you ) bhuvaneshwar kumar got 3 wicket , and that too of your top order who is well established batsmen of swing and seam....easy to give excuses.... tough to accept the reality...

  • samincolumbia on March 5, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    The Aussie team could not even score the runs what Pujara scored by himself...the modern day Bradman aka Hughes (as per the aussie fans) had an off day. Haha..

  • iluvtest on March 5, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @mzm149, Sir Pujara cannot be Vinod Kambli.In terms of talent may be yes but in other things Pujara can be much like Dravid.Pujara if lucky to maintain his fitness can serve India long and can play equal role in both ODI's and Tests. Once he adjusted his technique in SA for fast and seaming wickets he can be very important member of Indian team.He should try to play county cricket at least for two seasons and I am sure, being the learner he is he can be a better batsman on any surface facing any bowling.All our prospective players should try this instead of killing their technique in IPL.Even if they lose money for two seasons they can get more after their stint with County Cricket as they will be better players with superior skills and command higher price.

  • Blokey on March 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Easy to be confident on rolled mud. This track made Maxwell and Doherty look good by the third day. It's really saying something when they can take 7-90 between them during that period. The reality is that the ball is bouncing and spinning everywhere. These are really tough batting conditions. Not much a batsman can do, really. The Indians weren't up for it after the first two wickets fell (against a T20 dart thrower and an ODI specialist), so we shouldn't be too surprised if the Australian batsmen aren't either. Remember, this Indian team were thrashed 4-0 on much fairer tracks in Australia not that long ago, tracks that had a bit in for everyone. I'm afraid we cannot say the same about the tracks that have been presented here, and very deliberately so.

  • realfan on March 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @Int.Curator perhaps you should have a look at stats.... most of the indian batsmen did well in aus... remember dravid, sachin , lax, ganguly... they have all better record in aus than most of aus players.... and in contrast not even a single player from ausie have good record in INDIA.... this shows the quality of cricket among indian and aus team..... indians can adjust and play everywhere, ya that quality has come from these so called flat and crumbly pitches..... and what happens with the players who likes to play on so called great pitches ???? they fail miserably in sub continent.....

  • Mr.AB on March 5, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @ Int.Curator Ironically, the same applies to Aussies cricket as well but in a different way. And I won't agree to your claim that Indian cricketers make 'adequate bowling spinners'.

  • Int.Curator on March 5, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Indian cricketers make good batting grafters and adequate bowling spinners. That is what you get growing up playing on flat, crumbley pitches. Their cricket skills set suits this pitch, but is seriously incomplete on any other pitch OS.Just look at the stats.

  • Mary_786 on March 5, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Clarke as our best batsman has to move up to 4.At number four he gets one more partner to bat with before the tail, maximising his chances of scoring big. In essence, there is every chance the rest of this team will fold meekly - in which case you want Clarke in for as long as practical if he is a solid chance to be the one who finishes not out, or at least the one left to bat with the tail.Plus coming in at 5, the momentum of the innings has already been built. It looks completely different if the best batsman comes in at 2/60 instead of 3/70. It takes away one of the "cheap" wickets at the top of the order for the Indians to feel confident about before the main event (bigger than a big show) arrives at the crease. Coming in that little bit earlier might build confidence in somebody else to hang in with him before he opposition gets right on top. Khawaja can bat at 5 as he has done so in shield and in time i can see him moving up to 3 as he is our best number 3.

  • Sunil_Batra on March 5, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Yoki i have no doubt Khawaja will do well if given a chance. The real frustration is that in both Tests so far most of the Indian batsmen have contributed little but a couple have provided the veritable mountain of runs. None of our batsmen, Clarke aside, have even hinted at doing that though Henriques gets a special mention for two fifties in his debut match. However, we should not be looking to Henriques to be our saviour - that's the role of Watson, Warner, Cowan, Hughes and, apparently, Wade. Given Cowan and Hughes failures i would bring in Khawaja for the third test all depending on how Cowan goes today, if he fails then he has to be out. Take out Dhoni's 224 and Pujara's 204 and these matches are suddenly not as one-sided as they now appear. The thing is, though, these two guys DID get 200 each while our guys seem happy to get to 30. Eventually this all becomes a matter to be resolved in the head and the longer this goes on the more confident India will (has?) become

  • Shaggy076 on March 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Yoki - i support him because unlike Khawaja he dominates our domestic cricket. He doesnt look good in India and I would leave him out of the next test for Khawaja. However I would have him back in the side come England. I completely agree Lyon must play before Maxwell.

  • Shaggy076 on March 5, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    gsingh7 - The bloke took 6 wickets against you in the first test. He is playing in conditions that we are not used to, conditions where the ball is wrecked and meant to be reversing after 3 overs. Austalian conditions the ball is looked after a lot better, less moisture and will conventionally swing for 40-50 overs. He is far better than any indian paceman and your comments are completely unwarranted. He bowled a lot of overs in the first test and more than likely a little sore in this test as well. Speaking of flat tracks how useful was Ashwin in Australia on some of the flattest tracks played on?

  • ThatsJustCricket on March 5, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @Posted by Blokker on (March 4, 2013, 21:21 GMT) : same applies for Australian spinners I guess. Post Warne, let me know when you get one :p

  • EJ36 on March 5, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Blokker has obviously never heard of Zaheer Khan

  • Jayzuz on March 5, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    @gsingh7, What exactly do you want Pattinson to do to prove he's good? So far, he's done better than any other quick in India in recent years. Clean bowling 4 Indian batsmen at 150 clicks not good enough for you? If this was even a flat track outside India, your batsmen would be scattering like ants against Pattinson and Starc. Anderson and Finn took 16 wickets between them on the recent tour by England, at an average of 30 runs apiece, and that was hailed as very good (esp. by @FFL an co). The reason Pattinson (and others) didn't swing the ball on day twoof this test was because the humidity dropped to 20%, if you'd bothered to check the weather page. It went up to 55% on day 3. It was even higher on day 1, when India bowled. That makes a huge difference to swing. Siddle and Henriques are both adept reverse swing bowlers.

  • Yuji9 on March 5, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Australia "COACH" (how and why do international cricketers need coaches anyway?) the South African Mickey Arthur has pleaded for understanding saying "You don't know how hard it is to win in India!" to the furious Australian media - Well here's some news for you Mickey - we Australian fans actually have been following our national team and we actually have observed how difficult it is to win in India which is why most of us sitting on our backsides could have come up with a better squad then the so called 'coach' - Since his appointment we have had to suffer his ridiculous rotation policy that has cost us Pat Cummins and now Jackson Bird and we have watched him select unworthy players while discarding better ones. I bet Mike Hussey was sick of Arthur and retired before this tour as he knew it would turn out like this - but complaint aside and well done India - great to see India competitive in Test cricket (real cricket) again and Pujara looks a genuine great on the rise.

  • Int.Curator on March 5, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Regarding skill set required to play on flat, crumbly wickets. It comes at a cost of pace bowling and fluent stroke play. Comparing flat pitches to traditional pitches detracts from the complete spectacle that makes cricket so entertaining to watch.

  • on March 5, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    On serious note, I did not listen any line said by Pujara in press conference as ' tough spin test awaits australia'. Cricinfo should say what Pujara has said and not doing any interpretation.

  • on March 5, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    I have been reading so much about the pitch and how they have been created to suit spinners. It is the same for both teams, Aust had the chance to select spinners and they chose not to by selecting Doherty and Maxwell so they have no-one to blame but themselves. Anyway, enough of who should be in and who shouldn't. My main concern about playing in Indian conditions is their refusal to support the rest of the world by using the DRS. I can assure you with the DRS in play India would not have won the 1st Test as Dohni was plumb on 93 and had he been given out India would have chased at least 230 in the second innings. Cowan's LBW decision in the 1st innings of this match was another shocker as the ball clearly pitched out side leg. There have been many others too - but the facts are LBWs at the moment stand 10-0 to India - this would not be the case if the DRS was being used. Even when they toured Aus they refused to use it. This advantage they get is unfair - the ICC need to step in.

  • Rbak_SRT on March 4, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    @Blokker : For the infrastructure & fitness programs in your country..you can produce 100 Pattinsons and 200 Starcs...in the same way with available resources we are happy to produce 1 Harbhajan and 1 Ashwin in 2 decades..and please don forget that we had B.Kumar who ripped through your top order with deliveries reaching just 128 kph and Patti OMG 150 kph was struggling to get a wicket for more than 2 days ;-)

  • chicko1983 on March 4, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Pattinson overrated? pfft, he has a series strikerate of 46 and average of 23 with 8 wickets. The only bowler doing better than him is Ashwin (yes Jadeja has a slightly better average, 22, his strikerate is 65). Yet Pattinson is a quick playing on slow pitches. He has been the second best bowler of the series, from either team. He also averages 27 with the bat which is better than any of the indian bowlers (Ashwin averages 2) The difference between Ashwin and Pattinson though is Pattinson will take wickets everywhere in the world, Ashwin can only take them on doctored pitches at home.

  • on March 4, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    I think Pujara would have to walk his talk when India Travels to SA for test series later this winter..... These are unnecessary comments and I think the difference in this series is that Oz does not have confident spinners... This Oz team is no where close to the Oz teams of early 2000s and by all means India should be able to win 4-0 however should understand that they have a lot to improve on. I still doubt whether our test batting line up can sustain when confronted with likes of quality spin bowling of Ajmal, Swann, Panesar or Herath..... Let us wait n watch...

  • Blokker on March 4, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    At least Pattinson is a genuine wicket-taking pace bowler. The next time India get one, someone let me know huh?

  • philvic on March 4, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I think Pujara is good enough to do well anywhere. No doubt like all Indian batsmen his average will be lower outside India on the quicker bouncy tracks but I think he will still be good. Time will tell.

  • gsingh7 on March 4, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Pattinson is another overrated oz bowler. he was seen as second coming of wasim akram in reverse swinging. i said at that test that he will be exposed in next test and we had seen how effective he was on flat track in this test.

  • on March 4, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Pattinson is another overrated oz bowler, toothless in subcontinent,

  • mzm149 on March 4, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Pujara has not played outside India in seam friendly conditions. Whether he is another Vinod Kambli is yet to be seen.

  • QingdaoXI on March 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Team for Next world cup Should have players like Chand, Pujara in ODI team, we have to start the preparation soon. Chand, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, Umesh, Bhuvi. Reserves Aaroon, Rohit, Rahane, Sandip Sharma.

  • bumsonseats on March 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    he has to score runs outside of india namely eng sa and aus. these wickets can hide failings and bravery yuvraj singh was found wanting when he leaves india and the bowl reaches over waste ht

  • Nish_US on March 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @ThunderShock

    Hope Pujara proves you wrong in the upcoming tests outside subcontinent. I am eagerly waiting for those.

    Wish you good luck - hopefully you do not have to eat your words :)

  • bumsonseats on March 4, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    on another cricinfo piece someone wrote about maxwell getting wickets because india were after quick runs. what nonsense there no rush to get runs you had all time in the world. india should have gone for 650 + runs and never give the aussies a chance the batting was to slip shod .

  • yoki on March 4, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    anyone who supports hughes i understand he played a good innings against SA early in his carrier. But he was not included against the same SA as cheif selector of OZ says tat early in his carrier he should not be play against SA fast bowlers as it might demoralise him. but now it is clearly evident tat he struggles against spin it is would be a worse decision if he plays against india in this series or for oz again. He is a clear failure though he might have scored in shield matches in oz. pls play khwajha in next match for better competition and lyon instead of maxwell.

  • on March 4, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Nice knock from Pujara, Hopefully he can continue this vein of form in places like SA as well. Would be a shame if he was another flat foot bully like Raina.

  • on March 4, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Pujara's all centuries are in INDIA hmmmm Talent and as far as the spin attack for australia goes we all know how good is maxwell or doherty so LONG way to go PUJ

  • Nish_US on March 4, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Good job Pujara - Hope you prove equally good outside the sub-continent.

    Also you should find a place in the ODI team as well, as the next WC is on pace and bouncy wickets. If you can keep doing the same thing during the TEST tours later this year, even the ADAMANT DHONI would be forced to include you.

    All the best and hopefully you do not end up like one very very special, who could not find a place in the WC ODI team, even when he is at his peak.

  • Jadejafan on March 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Yeah all on subcontinent pitches. Another overrated player as usual from India.

  • vakkaraju on March 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Agree with CricketMan. I hope the BCCI has the vision and courage let, afew bright young players to play in county cricket. Pujara, Kohli, B. Kumar Ishant Sharma Srisanth, etal., would benefit immensely from stints abroad.

  • on March 4, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations Pujara for 1000 runs in just 11 tests with excellent batting average of 67.

  • SamRoy on March 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    India also has only one proper spinner (Ashwin) who often gets impatient and tries one-million things. The other two are just half decent spinners. Pity Ojha is sitting in the sidelines watching the legendary and immensely talented (Indian Gary Sobers) Ravindra Jadeja bat and bowl.

  • sweetspot on March 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    CP is the real deal all right. Rarely does the bowler get him out. The hook can be controlled, but in a lot of situations, it is a high risk, low percentage shot unless you pack Dhoni's power of course.

  • BustIPL on March 4, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Pujara is right as India themselves lost seven of their wickets to the second rated ausssie spin attack. Had there been the pair of Swann/Panesar or Ajmal/Rahman story would have been totally different. Furthermore, India lost 9 wickets for 110 runs so the should speak like Pujara is doing but Aussie played 26 overs of Indian spin which shows that they might get better to face Indian spin. From this point India should win it off coruse.

  • srisri on March 4, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Yes... u please avoide that hook shot. Gauthi would b in the team, if he avoided his favorite "trying to run it down to thridman through slips" shot;)

  • on March 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    sometimes you feel he is outspoken..but the guy has some real talent..

  • CricketMaan on March 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Hope he is left alone for a while and not burdended with VC etc. He will be an able VC when Kholi proves a good Captain! Pujara's big test will come this Dec starting with SA and then NZ, Eng and Aus. He may not go on and get 100s all around, but if he learns all the way and even makes a 100 or two, will do India a world of good. Its a shame that he won't be playing for India between April and Nov and it would be wonderful if he is allowed to play for a county! Imagine that exposure for CP, will be a great learning curve before some tough tours.

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  • CricketMaan on March 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Hope he is left alone for a while and not burdended with VC etc. He will be an able VC when Kholi proves a good Captain! Pujara's big test will come this Dec starting with SA and then NZ, Eng and Aus. He may not go on and get 100s all around, but if he learns all the way and even makes a 100 or two, will do India a world of good. Its a shame that he won't be playing for India between April and Nov and it would be wonderful if he is allowed to play for a county! Imagine that exposure for CP, will be a great learning curve before some tough tours.

  • on March 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    sometimes you feel he is outspoken..but the guy has some real talent..

  • srisri on March 4, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Yes... u please avoide that hook shot. Gauthi would b in the team, if he avoided his favorite "trying to run it down to thridman through slips" shot;)

  • BustIPL on March 4, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Pujara is right as India themselves lost seven of their wickets to the second rated ausssie spin attack. Had there been the pair of Swann/Panesar or Ajmal/Rahman story would have been totally different. Furthermore, India lost 9 wickets for 110 runs so the should speak like Pujara is doing but Aussie played 26 overs of Indian spin which shows that they might get better to face Indian spin. From this point India should win it off coruse.

  • sweetspot on March 4, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    CP is the real deal all right. Rarely does the bowler get him out. The hook can be controlled, but in a lot of situations, it is a high risk, low percentage shot unless you pack Dhoni's power of course.

  • SamRoy on March 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    India also has only one proper spinner (Ashwin) who often gets impatient and tries one-million things. The other two are just half decent spinners. Pity Ojha is sitting in the sidelines watching the legendary and immensely talented (Indian Gary Sobers) Ravindra Jadeja bat and bowl.

  • on March 4, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations Pujara for 1000 runs in just 11 tests with excellent batting average of 67.

  • vakkaraju on March 4, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Agree with CricketMan. I hope the BCCI has the vision and courage let, afew bright young players to play in county cricket. Pujara, Kohli, B. Kumar Ishant Sharma Srisanth, etal., would benefit immensely from stints abroad.

  • Jadejafan on March 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Yeah all on subcontinent pitches. Another overrated player as usual from India.

  • Nish_US on March 4, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Good job Pujara - Hope you prove equally good outside the sub-continent.

    Also you should find a place in the ODI team as well, as the next WC is on pace and bouncy wickets. If you can keep doing the same thing during the TEST tours later this year, even the ADAMANT DHONI would be forced to include you.

    All the best and hopefully you do not end up like one very very special, who could not find a place in the WC ODI team, even when he is at his peak.