Former Australia captain Allan Border was all in awe of Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for his beautiful batting in Adelaide, saying he is the difference between the two sides in the ongoing first Domain Test of the four-match Test series here.
He is also disappointed with the home team’s batting efforts so far in the first Test in Adelaide, saying the bowlers are doing a great job but batting is still the main concern for Australia against India.
Pujara, who has stolen the show with his brilliant batting in both innings, was the star for India as he smashed 123 and 71 to put the Men in Blue in the driver’s seat against the hosts in Adelaide.
Allan told reporters at the post-match show on Sunday, “Australian batting has been very disappointing. The weak link in this team has been the batting; we knew the bowlers are going to be good. You have to play your conditions, which has been difficult. Batting has been a real grind.”
On India batting mainstay, the Aussie legend noted, “Pujara, on the Indian side, has been absolutely brilliant. His two innings have been the difference between the two sides.”
Meanwhile, Border criticized the Australian batsmen for their rash shots they played on the crucial fourth day and lost their wickets cheaply, leaving them to a daunting task, as they need 219 with 6 wickets at their hands to win the first Domain Test against India.
Border signed off by saying, “For Australia today, time wasn't the issue and some of the shots they played, you've just got to shake your head. It's just not what we expect from an Australian team.”
(With India Today Inputs)