It took 148 balls for Cheteshwar Pujara to get his first border, but not for once did India’s senior hitter felt he hit too slowly during the opening match against Australia in the first Pink Ball Test here Thursday.
Pujara, who scored a quiet 43 with 160 balls out of 233 in India for 6 stumps on the first day, believes a total of 350 first innings would be very useful for visitors. Asked if he felt he could have walked better in his inning, the Saurashtra man replied with an emphatic no.
“Not at all. We were in a very good position in the first two sessions,” said Pujara, defending the 41 runs scored by the team in the first session and the 66 runs scored in the second.
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“We had to make sure we didn’t lose wickets when the ball swings. It was a great day of Test cricket and there are no regrets for the strategy. We could not have lost more wickets by playing with strokes and being thrown in one day, “Pujara said.
He also defended his batting style throughout the day as the wicket was not conducive to stroke play.
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“The cricket test requires patience. If the wicket is flat, you can be aggressive but when it helps bowlers, you can’t play many shots.
“In overseas conditions, you don’t want a total of less than 200 runs (in the first inning). In the first two sessions, the bowlers are fresh and the field is fresh, “he said.
Pujara believes the game is balanced after India ended the day at 233 for 6.
However, he admitted that the sacking of skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will certainly provide Australia with a “small edge”.
He talks about his duel with Nathan Lyon during the post-dinner break and has praised the Australian spinner for his amazing transformation into a world-class bowler hat over the past four or five years.
“He gets a lot of turns (revolutions) on the ball. Her line and length have really improved. He likes to take the challenge and as you face it, you also need to be prepared to take that challenge, ”he said.