Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Virat Kohli on Pujara, Saha And Chances of Shami's Return

Virat Kohli on Pujara, Saha And Chances of Shami's Return

When Saha joined Pujara in the post-tea session on day three, India were 328 for 6 in reply to Australia's 451. The duo ensured that India declare at 603/9 and take a healthy first inning-lead of 152 runs. Considering the historic nature of the stalemate forced by the Australians, it might actually be true when Steve Smith said that it will be the Indians who will be "hurting" after this draw, when a win for the home team appeared the most likely outcome when day four ended. The next match is slated to be played in Dharamsala.

"He's very disciplined and played really well". So from there to make 600 was a very hard task. Hopefully this Australian cricket team can continue to adapt and show fight and resilience and put another (good) display on in Dharamshala. Everyone has his point of view. "We've given out 120 per cent in this game, and that's what matters", Kohli said. "But we batted beautifully". In the second innings, they really batted well to draw the match.

While a bit of grass and plenty of carry is the norm on the wickets at the HPCA Stadium, you feel, for this Test match, the pitch could turn out to be of the low and slow nature again. He's a quality bowler and I thought he bowled fantastically well and it was a great challenge out there against him. India needed to win the Test to even the series. The last time they overcame a significant first-innings deficit for a stalemate in Asia was in 2011 when the late Phillip Hughes and Michael Clarke scored centuries in Galle to keep Sri Lanka at bay. You know what a valuable player he is for us. "We're happy with our effort". "His economy if you consider the wicket, was quite incredible". All the bowlers bowled very well but Jadeja in my opinion was standout. With Jayant showing his batting props since getting into the India team, it looks like the off-spinner will be the better bet, but having a left-arm chinaman could prove to be the X Factor in India's bowling.

Pujara became the first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in a test innings, further testimony to his unwavering focus and seemingly infinite patience. That knock took Pujara's tally for 2016-17 to 1259 runs at an average of 66.26. This season he has been outstanding.

He added: " I don't think it was the wicket, it was the ball, soft, not doing much.

Virat Kohli and Co.'s occasional barbs too affected their concentration, but both the batsmen remained resolute and kept resisting.

Saha, Kohli said, was similarly underappreciated. His partnership with Pujara was the reason why we could have a go at winning the Test.

At the break, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 40, with Virat Kohli padded up to bat next. He has no problems in batting after [R] Ashwin, before Ashwin, whenever we want him to do it. It's 1-1 and we have a decider in Dharamshala, which is really exciting. They had magnificent plans, they backed their defense for long period of time to see the game out for as long as they did.

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