Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the leading batsmen of Team India who had given a vital contribution of 55 runs in the second innings has justified that the way our bowlers have bowled; we should not be disappointed as it is not easy to get wickets on this pitch.
He described Indian bowling as up to the mark despite the fact that Joe Root and Anderson scored a whopping 198-run world record for the last wicket. Pujara said “The wicket has been the same for all days so far. Perhaps it has gotten a little slower today. It is not easy to get wickets on this pitch. When the ball is hard and new, you can still get something out of the pitch but it isn’t easy to bowl with the old ball. You can either get the batsmen out caught or LBW. So it was quite frustrating to watch their last wicket stand. The ball isn’t turning much and there is no help for the faster bowlers. So overall, we shouldn’t be too disappointed with the way we bowled on this pitch.”
Commenting on his performance and a missed chance to score many more runs he said “Yes, I’m disappointed with the way I got out. I could have batted more responsibly given that the end of play was close by and we had just lost Murali Vijay before that. But the ball bounced a little more and I couldn’t control it enough. I couldn’t capitalise on the pitch we have here”.
Regarding the future plans for the same match he stated “We are just looking to bat well tomorrow. The first session is very important so we need to do well. There is not much time left in the match.”