'Video Game or Cricket, Cheteshwar Pujara Is Very Competitive'

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2017

"KL and M Vijay, but the partnership between Saha and Pujara is the best I have seen".

"Losing the toss here was never easy". Also jumping in was Steve Smith and the umpire sought immediate intervention of Indian skipper Virat Kohli to defuse the situation. Pujara has 2007 runs in this 2016-17 season, all in India. This is the best I have watched him bat. Navjot Singh Sidhu is now third in the list, for having faced 491 balls for his 201 against West Indies at Port of Spain in March 1997.

When an Australian scribe asked about the mocking incident involving himself and Glenn Maxwell, an upset Kohli said: "It's amusing all our guys ask about cricket as the first thing and you ask about something controversial. Always smiling, always happy for whoever achieves anything". Spinners O'Keefe and Lyon also played their part to limit India in the chase. "He knows his limitations and sticks to it".

Hopefully, Kohli will be fully fit for the final Test at Dharamsala, a cricket stadium which has been described as the most attractive in the world, with the snow-clad Dhaulagiri range proving the Himalayan backdrop. Kohli wasn't too amused when an Australian scribe sought his reaction to Smith's claims. It was good old fashioned Test match batting. We want to continue the same. Resilient. They played beautifully today.

The run rate was on the lower side but they ensured India did not get any opening after lunch or a sniff of victory. "It was crucial for us, at such an important time". 450 was not enough to win this match. They made it through the first one and half hour unscathed following a slow start by Smith and opener Matt Renshaw.

"If there's anything called momentum, it's with us at the moment", Smith said.

Playing his second test more than five years after his first, Australia paceman Pat Cummins (4-89) almost completed a five-wicket haul when Saha was given out leg-before.

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210 Overs batted by India - their fourth-longest Test innings and the second longest in last 55 years.

Earlier, Australia went wicket-less in the first two sessions of the day. The boys really dug deep.

"Sometimes I feel really bad for him that people don't understand his importance so much in this team".

Smith said his team was looking forward to Dharamsala. "Massive game (left) in Dharamsala, can't wait to get there", he added.

'I think the hardness of the ball was a big factor, ' said the star batsman after the stalemate. "That's how I would explain it, no issue with that". Pujara shows good defence against Cummins' pace.

"They scored 450, to come back, go past that total, and put them under such pressure was great. Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh batted exceptionally well".

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