'Cheteshwar Pujara locks himself in a bubble while batting' - Ricky Ponting

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Australia vs India 2018: Cheteshwar Pujara Locks Himself in a Bubble while Batting – Ricky Ponting 

Australia vs India 2018: Cheteshwar Pujara Locks Himself in a Bubble while Batting – Ricky Ponting
Ponting raises query over Pujara's 17th Test ton at the MCG. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting has questioned India’s tactics on day two of the Boxing Day Test. Though the visitors declared at 443/7, they took almost two days to reach the total. Meanwhile, Ponting terms such outlook as ‘a bit baffling’. Furthermore, Ricky Ponting questioned Cheteshwar Pujara’s hundred at the ‘G’. He said, if India goes onto to win the Tests, his hundred will get remembered for a long time. But if the India National Cricket Team fails to take 20 Aussies wickets, Pujara’s knock would be of no use.

Ponting helps Australia lay plans for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting
Ponting asks the Aussies to bowl short to Virat in the remaining games. Image Courtesy: Getty

On day two of the MCG Test, Mitchell Starc got Virat Kohli caught at the third man area. Concentrating on the same, Ponting suggests Australia bowlers bowl short to Kohli in the remainder of the games. Furthermore, he said the tactics used by the Aussies unsettled Virat for a while, and keeping it same would help the hosts eventually.

Meanwhile, the former captain talked a lot about Pujara’s marathon innings. Considering the batsman took 280 balls to score his hundred, Ricky opined his innings would be remembered for one of the two ways.

“If India go on and win the game, it’ll be a great inning (but) if they haven’t got time to bowl Australia out twice … it could be what actually costs them the game,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.“I think it’s always hard for India to push the run rate along when Pujara’s there.

“He’s just made another hundred, his second of the series, so he’s playing well and doesn’t really look like getting out. But he just locks himself in this little bubble where scoring doesn’t seem to faze him at all.

“They’ve got other guys in their side who are stroke-makers … but if those guys don’t come off, the scoring rate is always going to be hovering around that two runs an over mark, which makes it pretty hard to win Test matches, especially on flat wickets like we might have here.

India looked directionless at one stage – Ricky

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ricky Ponting
Ponting says Pujara’s marathon ton at the MCG could cost India. Image Courtesy: Getty

Cheteshwar Pujara, who hit his maiden hundred at the MCG soaked 319 deliveries for his 106, at a strike rate of just more than fifty. Showing his concern over the same, Ricky added at one point it looked India was directionless; as they didn’t have an idea of what they want to achieve.

“Even (since Pujara’s dismissal), it just seems like they haven’t got a lot of direction about what they’re trying to achieve. It looks like they want to bat long enough to only bat once, but just yet they haven’t got enough runs to do that.

“Obviously they’ve talked long and hard about what they want to do, it’s just a bit baffling to us.”

Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting, on Wednesday, was identified as the 25th Australian to enter the ICC Hall of Fame list.

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