India vs Australia 1st Test: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones subtly roasted India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for his recent comments over India conceding over 500 runs in the tour game against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Pujara had played down India conceding 500+ runs by saying that it does not mean anything for the Indian team.
“Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn’t mean anything … we are not very much worried about it,” Pujara told reporters on Monday.
“Our bowlers know what they have to do … they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia. As a bowling unit we are very confident,” the Indian middle-order batsman added.
“We utilised all three days (in Sydney) properly. We also had some net practice while the game was going on so I don’t think it was a concern at all. We got enough practice and we did what we wanted.”
Pujara had also said that India got what they were after from the practice game.
This did not go down well with Jones who felt it was harsh on the batsmen who made the runs.
Meanwhile, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were the only two Indian cricketers to train in the nets on Monday with the rest of the squad having a rest day.
“We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio has been monitoring the workload,” said Pujara.
“We thought that it was best to take a break today and train for the next two days and be fresh for the Test match.”