Cheteshwar Pujara showed varying levels of batting discipline on the first day of the opening Test against Australia. He was patient when the ball was doing plenty in the morning session and wickets were falling, and later picked up the pace with the tail. Pujara didn’t score a run for 55 minutes while he was partnering Rohit Sharma, but then boosted the run rate while battling with the tailenders. His century – and eventual score of 123 runs from 246 balls – bore similarities with his knock earlier in the year in Southampton.
Speaking to reporters at the press conference after the day’s play, the 30-year-old said that the top order will learn from mistakes. “We should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions. I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls. The way they bowled, they bowled in the right areas. I also felt that our top order should have batted better but they will learn from the mistakes,” he said. “Hopefully we will bat well in the second innings.”
Speaking on his own performance, the batsman said that the first-class experience helped him in preparing for the mighty Aussie challenge. “As far as my innings is concerned, I had prepared well and overall I have the experience of first-class and Test cricket and that came in handy today,” he said.
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