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Cheteshwar Pujara ‘Jumpy’, Shreyas Iyer ‘Panikar’: Australia Greats’ brutal run




Ian Chappell criticized the Indian batsmen for “Australian type batting” in Indore.© AFP

India skipper Rohit Sharma’s decision to open the batting against Australia in the ongoing third Test in Indore did not go according to plan as the hosts were bundled out for 109 in the first innings. Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as the 26-year-old took his maiden Test five-wicket haul. However, former Australia captain Ian Chappell criticized the Indian batsmen, especially Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer, for “Australian type of batting” on the opening day in Indore.

“There are a few players in the Indian side who haven’t convinced me that they are good players of spin bowling. I thought the Australians scared India early on. A few things happened with the pitch. The Australian spinners bowled very accurately. . But what we saw was the Australian type of batting from the Indian side. Cheteshwar Pujara bounces around a lot. I think through the series he has been bouncing around a lot. I keep hearing Shreyas Iyer spin There are very good bowlers but I haven’t seen it yet and I don’t believe he is,” Chappell said on ESPNcricinfo. To me, that’s a little intimidating.”

“When Australia batted, especially [Usman] Khwaja, he was very good. [Marnus] Labushen had a good partnership with him. When Rohit Sharma scored a century in Australia’s innings, his batting was high. For me, it was Australia who outclassed India and definitely deserved to take the lead,” he said.

Australia were bowled out for 197 but took a vital 88-run lead in the first innings on a difficult pitch that was prone to fire to turn sharply in the first hour of the match.

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