AUS v IND 2018-19: Sourav Ganguly wants other batsmen to learn from Cheteshwar Pujara

Ganguly lauded Cheteshwar Pujara after his magnificent hundred at crucial time.

Cheteshwar Pujara | GETTY

Indian batsmen left Sourav Ganguly furious after they throw away their wicket in a careless way. Skipper Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, and Ajinkya Rahane got out in a similar way after they attempted a drive instead of leaving the delivery.

Former Indian captain Ganguly asked other batsmen to learn from Cheteshwar Pujara who showed patience with his gameplay and batted risk-free at the Adelaide. 

"We didn't see many seam and bounce on this pitch and Adelaide is probably the best pitch to bat on in Australia. Indian batsmen could have scored more on this track after winning the toss and opting to bat," Ganguly told IndiaTV.

Teams have mostly batted first after winning the toss here at Adelaide for a reason. India was lucky that the toss went in their favor. But they couldn't take much advantage of it. The tourists were struggling at 19/3 at one stage. The score at the end of the first day's play reads 250/9. The credit goes to Pujara for his 123-run innings. 

Ganguly slammed the batting collapse and added, "Indian batsmen have failed in their shot selection. It was a loose batting display from the visitors. You can't play so many drives early on while batting in England, Australia, and South Africa. Indian batsmen tend to play a lot of drives early on and especially on this sort of pitches. KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, and Virat Kohli got dismissed playing similar shots. The worst dismissal was of Ajinkya Rahane. He played a ball which was too far."

Lauding the man of the moment Pujara, the 46-year-old said,  "India wouldn't have reached this position without Cheteshwar Pujara's performance. They were reeling 126/6 on a good wicket in Adelaide."

Ganguly wants Indian batsman to see Pujara's innings as an example. "When Pujara came out to bat in the morning, he took 70 balls to score 11 runs. This is how Test cricket is being played. You must give respect to the bowlers when the Kookaburra ball is new. Pujara started playing his shots only after Lunch. This is exactly how batting in Test cricket should be and the other batsmen need to learn from Pujara. 

"Most importantly, the other batsmen need to learn that they shouldn't play so many drives against a fast bowler so early in Test cricket. Pujara had a game-plan in mind, he waited for the short ball, played square of the wicket. His first hundred in Australia is an important one for the team," he said.

Rohit Sharma's attempt to go for runs was something uncalled. The rash shot by Rohit was unnecessary at that time when India needed a partnership. Ganguly was also disappointed with the performance of Rohit Sharma. "I agree that Rohit Sharma shouldn't have thrown his wicket away in such a manner, especially after getting set and with spinners bowling with the old ball. It's a very important series for Rohit and can be a make or break situation for him. He has to score runs for India in Test cricket," he said.

(Quotes from INDIA TV)

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 06 Dec, 2018

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