Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar on Tuesday said that dropping middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia was a "bit strange" and felt that he should have been given a longer run.
India decided to drop three big players from their line-up for the fourth Test match against Australia in Sydney which started from Tuesday. In this modern day game where the focus has changed into performance based outlook, failures turn out to be costly.
Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane.
After Virat Kohli, Ajikya Rahane and Murali Vijay managed to enhance their reputation as Test batsmen in the on-going four-match series against Australia, then a couple of other top-order batsmen need to the same at Syndey as the last chance beckons.
A slew of howlers by umpires in the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test series Down Under has convinced former captain Dilip Vengsarkar to come out in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), a technology whose use has been consistently opposed by BCCI.
After two days of cricket, India had the upperhand in the second cricket Test -- and the advantage was stretched further on the third morning, but the Australian tail came to the rescue and gave the hosts a 97-run lead by the end of their innings Friday.
Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon on Thursday said he will look to exploit the footmarks created by Indian pacer Ishant Sharma during his spell to David Warner on the opening day of the first cricket Test.
Having done his bit with the willow, Cheteshwar Pujara said India's strong reply meant the visitors' young batsmen have proven themselves on the third day of the first cricket Test versus Australia here on Thursday.
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his captaincy debut as the visitors responded resolutely to Australia's mammoth first innings total by reaching 369 for five on the third day to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised here on Thursday.
He claims to have corrected the technical glitch which affected his performance during the forgettable tour of England earlier this year and Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that his scoring touch will return in the upcoming Test series against Australia here.