India's top-order should have batted better, will learn from mistakes: Pujara
Ajinkya Rahane flashed outside his off-stump and was caught by Australia's Peter Handscomb (AP Photo)
- India were reduced to 41 for 4 after Rahul, Vijay, Kohli and Rahane fell to poor shot selection
- Cheteshwar Pujara led India's fightback with his 16th Test hundred
- Pujara said India's top-order batsmen will learn from their mistakes and bat better in the second innings
Cheteshwar Pujara hoped India's top-order batsmen would learn from their mistakes on the opening day of the Adelaide Test and put up a far more improved show in the second innings of the first Test against Australia.
After opting to bat, India were reduced to 41 for 4 as KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane perished to lose shots against Australia's pacers. And just when Rohit Sharma had settled down, he attempted a hoick against Nathan Lyon and holed out.
Pujara had to dig deep and produce one of his finest knocks to give India some kind of respectability - they finished at 250 for 9 at stumps. However, Pujara conceded India's top-order batsmen should have batted much better.
"To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew I had to stay patient and wait for the lose balls. But they bowled in the right areas," Pujara told the media after the end of the first day. "I also felt our top order should have batted better but we will learn from the mistakes and put up a better show in the second innings."
Pujara showed it was not impossible to bat. You just had to remain patient and wait for the scoring opportunities. And his resilience paid rich dividends - Pujara brought up his maiden hundred in Australia and went past 5000 runs.
Perhaps Pujara's colleagues could take a leaf out of his book. They could learn how to prepare for a big Test series from close quarters. In 2014, Pujara had struggled in England and Australia - eventually, he was dropped. Four years later, Pujara has turned a new corner.