India skipper Rohit Sharma’s choice to bat against Australia in the continuous third Test in Indore didn’t go as arranged as the hosts were bowled out for a miserable complete of 109 in the first innings. Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as the 26-year-old packed away his Maiden Test five. Previous Australia captain Ian Chappell censured the Indian players, especially Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer, for “Australian-type batting” on the first day of the Test in Indore.
“There are some players in the Indian side that haven’t convinced me that they’re good players of spin bowling. I thought that the Australians spooked India early on. A couple of things happened with the pitch. The Australian spinners bowled very accurately. But what we saw was Australian-type batting from the Indians. Cheteshwar Pujara is very jumpy. I think right through the series he has been very jumpy. I keep hearing that Shreyas Iyer is a very good player of spin bowling, but I haven’t seen it yet, and I’m not convinced that he is. To me, he is a bit of a panicker,” Chappell said on ESPNcricinfo.
“When Australia batted, particularly [Usman] Khawaja, he was very good. Marnus Labuschagne had a good partnership with him. There was more of the Rohit Sharma batting when he got the century in Australia’s innings. To me, it was Australia who outplayed India and definitely deserved to have the lead,” he added.
Australia were bowled out for 197, however took a fundamental 88-run first innings lead on a tricky pitch that experienced harsh criticism for offering sharp turn in the first hour of the match.
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