Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins on Saturday said after his brilliant performance against India on the third day of the ongoing third Test match in Sydney that his team had already started playing against Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (Cheteshwar Pujara) before the start of the four-match series. Was committed to make the conditions ‘as difficult as possible’.
In this series, Pujara has been criticized for excessive defensive play. In this match, in response to 338 runs in Australia’s first innings, the Indian team lost the rhythm due to their very slow innings of 50 runs in 176 balls.
Cummins said in an online press conference after the third day’s play, “Today I got some help from the pitch. But you know that he (Pujara) is such a player that you have to bowl a lot. The number one bowler of the Test rankings took five wickets with Pujara sending a pavilion and spending just 29 runs.
Pujara became the victim of Cummins for the fourth time in the fifth innings of the present series. Pujara batted brilliantly on the last tour of Australia but he has not looked comfortable so far on the current tour. Cummins said, ‘We had planned for the series that they would make it as difficult as possible for them to score runs. He played 200 balls or 300 balls, we will challenge him by putting a good ball. Luckily, this plan has been successful so far.
In response to Australia’s 338 runs in the first innings, the Indian team was reduced to just 244 runs. By stumps on the third day, Australia has increased their lead to 197 runs by scoring 103 runs for two wickets in the second innings. Cummins said that his team is in a better position but India can return. The 27-year-old bowler said, ‘At the start of the day’s play, I thought we would end the day bowling. With a lead of almost 200 runs and eight wickets remaining, we are in a good position. India is a good team and I am sure that Team India will return.