India had scored 215 in 90 overs on day one, and the remaining 228 in 79.4 overs on day two. Well, the numbers could baffle anyone, and Cheteshwar Pujara is no exception. Speaking in the post-day conference at the MCG, the right-handed batsman said batting wasn’t easy.
Pitch’s variable bounce will be tough for Australia – Pujara
Talking about the invariable bounce on the MCG pitch, Pujara insisted Australia will find it tough to bat on the surface. Meanwhile, on both day one and two, the Indian batsmen were at the receiving end of the uneven bounce. Though Mayank and Vihari suffered some body blows, Pujara and Rahane got out on low-bounce deliveries.
Moreover, he said batting on day three wouldn’t be easy for the Aussies, as the Indian bowlers have been delivering goods in Tests so far.
“I think so. It’s a tough wicket to score runs on,” he said. “The first two days, if you look at the number of runs scored, it’s very less, but to score 200 in a day is a tough task. I think we have enough runs on the board and as we saw today the pitch has already started deteriorating. There’s a variable bounce on it. When I was batting on it yesterday, and today I felt there was a difference, and I don’t think its easier to bat now. From tomorrow I think it will get difficult to bat on. Our bowlers have been bowling well, so I would say we have enough runs on the board.”
I couldn’t have done anything on the ball I got out – Pujara
Having to score his second century on tour, Pujara said he took his time in the middle to get thus far. Explaining the complexities of batting on such uneven tracks, the right-hander mentioned playing more and more balls help the cause. Furthermore, Cheteshwar Pujara opined he couldn’t have done anything about the delivery on which got him out, as it kept low.
“To get used to the pace is difficult. Sometimes you feel it is on the slower side, but the odd ball kicks up and I got hit on my finger. Luckily it is not that bad and I could bat, but I did have to try and get out of the way four of five times … and those were not short balls,” he said. “Those were back-of-a-length balls and I got hit on my gloves, so as a batsman there’s always doubt when you play on such pitches. The ball I got out to, I felt I could not have done anything about it.
However, India is in a commanding position in the game, as they had scored 443 for seven in the first innings. In hosts’ outing, at stumps on day two, they were 8/0.