He bats well in the middle order but if Australia moved him mid-match – after he was selected as an opener - then he might start to think he’s on a slippery slope out of the Test side.
I think it’s unlikely that the change will be made in any event, but Australia needs to accept it’s already made the call for him to be its opener in this Test. It’s fair to review his position for the second Test in Perth, but doing it in between innings is a big call.
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Once Australia is eventually back in for the run chase, I don’t think it needs to change its approach from the first innings. I don’t think that many of its batsmen were dismissed playing ambitious shots first time around. They’re all good enough players to bat for a long time and build some partnerships that can win this match.
But if India builds a lead greater than 250, then the history of the game is against Australia. Looking at the conditions and the way the pitch might play, I think that’s probably the limit to what can be chased down.
The pitch still has a good grass covering and it’s turning, as we’ve seen from Nathan Lyon and what he’s been able to extract out of the footmarks to the right-hander. Ravi Ashwin will enjoy that too and be key for India in winning this match.
Australia shouldn’t come out for its chase with an aggressive approach, it should just occupy the crease and turnover the strike because the pitch doesn’t look like one where you can stand and deliver.
It looks as though you should be able to, but instead it’s slowing up a little bit. The outfield is slow as well. There’s a reason we’ve seen the best part of three innings with no team scoring freely.
The runs will be hard to come by, as they have been all game, and Australia will need to be prepared to work hard and turn twenties and thirties into substantial scores.
That’s something Cheteshwar Pujara is doing well. He grinds runs out slowly on belter tracks let alone tricky ones, so it’s no surprise to see the way he’s batting here.
He’s a rock you can bat around and India has plenty of strokemakers in its side to give it the right balance.
Virat Kohli is usually one of them and he would be disappointed not to make it to stumps. Some have called his celebration of wickets over the top, but I don’t see it that way. Whether it’s against Bangladesh or England, he celebrates every dismissal hard.
He’s a passionate person, a competitor and the captain of his side so he’s always excited when there’s a wicket. I don’t think he’s been in anyone’s face. He may have run past players while celebrating but to me it hasn’t been over the top or aggressive.