News Wrap: Pujara's meditation with the bat

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 19, 2017 09:31 hrs

Day three of the Ranchi Test was controversial with Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith embroiled in a controversy after Virat Kohli briefly returned to action.

However, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who earned rich praise after his marathon unbeaten hundred.

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Patience makes Pujara the batsman

Aakash Chopra, ESPNCricinfo

With his impeccable defensive technique, Cheteshwar Pujara is never flustered when the runs don't come as easily.

Batting in Tests is like driving through any big city. There are moments when you should drive carefully, out-manoeuvre traffic, and then accelerate when you get safe passage.

Cheteshwar Pujara is excellent at this. He starts fairly slowly, taking the time he needs to get his feet moving decisively, and picks up after crossing a half-century. Eventually he just hits cruise control.


Smith claims sweet revenge on Virat Kohli

Ben Horne, The Daily Telegraph

Steve Smith claimed sweet revenge over Virat Kohli, as the Indian captain’s latest attempt to mock Australia backfired spectacularly in Ranchi.

Kohli’s embarrassing series continued when he was blasted out by a rampant Pat Cummins for just 6, edging into the waiting arms of a gleeful Smith at second slip.

Smith’s use of DRS has plagued him all week and the moment the Australian captain burnt through his last review, Kohli was front and centre clapping for the cameras in a deliberate attempt to antagonise his rival before he’d even walked out to bat.

Once again though, the Indian skipper was happy to talk the talk, but was unable to walk the walk.

Kohli had spent nearly two days off the field nursing a shoulder injury but lasted just 23 balls at the crease as Australia led a raucous celebration of his latest meek failure.


Laxman's disgraceful Hughes reference

The Daily Telegraph

VVS Laxman has launched a disgraceful attack on Australian captain Steve Smith in which he makes an uncalled for reference to the late Phillip Hughes.

The Indian great was scathing in his assertion that Smith and Glenn Maxwell had mocked Kohli’s shoulder injury on a heated day three in Ranchi.

While Maxwell did grasp his shoulder in a cheeky allusion to Kohli’s injury, Smith never did.

Social media was adamant Smith had celebrated Kohli’s wicket by grabbing his shoulder, however, that was a trick of the cameras and footage proved that the arm in fact belonged to a teammate who was coming in to hug him.

"Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, what example is he setting to his team? That’s very disappointing. You can sledge ... it’s fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain," Laxman said at tea on Saturday on the Star Sports coverage. "I’ve never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well. "Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured. "Whether he gets hit on the helmet or is injured, there is a concern. "You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there. This is defying the spirit of the game."


Peter Siddle's 'don't talk' advice to Glenn Maxwell

Fox Sports

Peter Siddle has sent Glenn Maxwell a blunt conclusion after watching the 'Big Show' reel off a superb maiden Test century: "Don’t talk ... make runs."

"We know how talented you are, don’t talk about it, just go out there and make runs and make them pick you. I think that’s what all the great batsmen that haven’t been in the side have done.

"He’s shown that now, he knows he can play a different game and perform out there. It was awesome to watch, just because it was so different than the normal Maxi. I think that’s what makes it so special."


Even when absent, Kohli grabs spotlight

Andrew Ramsey, Cricket Australia

So brightly does Virat Kohli’s force of personality shine down on any cricket campaign in which he and his India team take part, he exerts a gravitational pull on attention even when he’s not occupying centre stage.

If Kohli’s reappearance, dressed in full combat kit as he remained ready to join the fray should a wicket fall, was designed to provoke a response from the opposition team in addition to the trolls and troglodytes, then it seemed to miss its mark.

"I know he came out and clapped, I don’t know if it was directed at anyone in particular but that’s the way he’s been playing this series," said Australia’s Bupa Support Team Assistant Coach David Saker, who was seated barely 10 metres from the India captain when he emerged from behind the smoked glass that had shielded him from view for almost two days. "It’s a really cut-throat series for everyone and there’s a lot of pressure on him at the moment." 


Pujara century defies Cummins and Australia

The Guardian

Pat Cummins struck three times on a tense third day of the third Test against India to give Australia hope of a victory that would ensure the visitors retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The four-Test series is level after two dramatic matches and the contest in Ranchi is on track to be a classic.

Pujara was 130 not out at stumps having defied Australia all day, and Steve Smith might feel aggrieved the talented batsman wasn’t dismissed on 22 when a contentious referral was turned down by third umpire Nigel Llong.

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