After scoring his maiden Test double century on Friday, Cheteshwar Pujara fired some verbal volleys at England’s miserable position in the first Test by saying the visitors have a “ fragile” batting line- up.
“It’s going to be a challenging task for them. The way they were batting, it looked like they were a fragile batting line- up, for sure,” Pujara said in all seriousness after the second day’s play. He said this when asked if captain Alastair Cook can dish out something that would bring them back into the game.
“I think there’s quite a lot of rough on the wicket and it’s turning quite big. The kind of momentum we got in these 18 overs, I think we can bowl them out tomorrow. Obviously, we’d like to finish the game before five days,” he asserted.
On his own unbeaten knock of 206, Pujara said his only “ concern” initially was England’s off- spinner Graeme Swann.
“I was comfortable facing all the bowlers. Initially my concern was Graeme Swann because I hadn’t faced him before. But after I faced a couple of overs against him, I felt that I could manage,” he said.
Pujara resumed his innings from 98 this morning and continued to build.
“I’ve done the same thing in domestic cricket. I never like to get out. There’s always a price on my wicket,” he said matter- of- factly. “ Even after scoring a double hundred, I never wanted to give away my wicket. That’s the reason why I’m able to score big runs.” Samit Patel, who is yet to bat, put up a brave face at the media conference.
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“We have two world class batsmen at the crease and [ Ian] Bell is still to come,” said the man who took one wicket in the Indian innings.