SCG Test :
In the ongoing test of Border Gavaskar Trophy the debate has rise on the approach of India’s new wall Cheteshwar Pujara the cricket fraternity has divided between the two of the choices. Some say the approach of Pujara works for him and some say it is a lack of intent.
(SCG Test) According to me, it is the lack of Intent by India’s number 3 which lead to the downfall on the 3rd day of the ongoing SCG Test. Pujara took 175 balls to score his fifty and go out just after completing the same. If India was batting first than in that case it would have been the right approach that they had to toll out the Aussies Pacer for straight two days, but the problem lies here is Pujara’s inning came when India was batting second on a batting paradise pitch which has little to none offering for the bowlers.
(SCG Test) Why is this approach of Pujara is wrong, first thing is Pujara is taking too much time although test cricket is all about the time it is also about counter-attacking the opposition bowling so that they can’t keep on bowling on the same line length. One team allows the bowler to bowl on the same line and length, the bowler will eventually take the wicket. And this is what exactly happened in this Test Match on the second day India scored only 11 runs of their last 15 over this is lower than 1 run per over.
And when they started again in the morning the pressure of the previous was still there and this got better of India’s captain Ajinkya Rahane who got out on 22 runs. Hanuma Vihar did exactly the same he scores 4 runs on 38 balls and got out while taking a quick single to put things in perspective this approach will work only when the team in looking for the draw but that should be happening on the 5th day of the test, not on the 3rd day.
Why are we talking about a counter-attack in a test match?
(SCG Test) The first answer to this question would be score runs and the second is to force the bowling team to open the field and removing those close-in fielders. The best approach to surviving in a test match is to look for the runs because it will take only one ball from the bowler and the batsman has to walk towards the pavilion. When the batsman takes more time without scoring runs that means it is giving the bowling an edge of keep on close-in fielder and one ball will eventually pop into their hands.
We are not saying Pujara is the culprit here but he could have been the hero who would have saved India from getting all out on 234.