Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara have been the key players for team India. Both players played exceptionally well in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 against Australia and helped India win the series. Similarly, the two batsmen have built match-winning partnerships for the team. The latest one comes in the opening test match against England. After the top-order collapse, Pujara joined Pant on the field when India lost 4 wickets in just 74 runs. Both batsmen stayed on the field and added 119 runs partnership on board for the team. The attacking and defensive combination troubled England bowlers to take a wicket and break the momentum for India.
Rishabh Pant’s Form is Beneficial for India: Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara addressed the media and stated that he loves to bat with Rishabh Pant. He also added that Pant has to learn a few more things because he has been missing out on hundreds. Also, he still has to put the team in a commanding position because he is capable of doing it.
India had No Plans to be Aggressive
Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that aggressive batting was not a part of the game plan. However, the scoring rate while playing on Indian grounds is higher. Rishabh Pant always prefers his natural batting style. He loves to take on bowlers and score early runs on the board. The aggressive game plan was part of his natural game, which is fair enough.
Ajinkya Rahane’s Wicket was Crucial for India
Some soft dismissals were crucial for India. Captain Virat Kohli failed to put big numbers on board. Similarly, Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket was crucial for the team. Both the wickets were taken by Yorkshire spinner Dom Bess. However, Pujara is confident because R. Ashwin and Washington Sundar are batting really well. Tail-enders performance will play an important role in the final outcome of the match.
Pujara also marked that India was expecting little assistance from the bowling side on the first two days. But they have moved on and still believe that they are alive in the opening test match. India finished the day for 257/6 and is still 122 runs away to eliminate the follow-on chances. It is expected that R. Ashwin and Washington Sundar will lead India in a decent position to strike back in the game and put the pressure on England bowlers.