Australian speedster Pat Cummins on Friday said the Aussie batters need to learn a lot from Indian captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara at the end of third day after the hosts were bundled out for a paltry 151 runs.
The Indian duo of Kohli and Pujara added 170 runs on the second day as the tourists put up a mammoth total of 443 runs for the loss of seven wickets before India declared the innings.
“It was obviously not ideal. We turned up thinking of a good first innings score and be right in the game. We wanted to take this result away from them. This is a young batting group and they are working hard. They are trying their best, but it is just one of those things. Today it didn’t come off,” Cummins was quoted as saying after the day’s play.
Speaking about India’s first innings, Cummins said, “What we saw from India’s first innings, we saw temperament of Pujara and Virat and how they pace their innings. They absorb pressure because on this kind of wicket, it is hard to score runs.”
Speaking about the Melbourne pitch, Cummins said it was hard to score runs on the pitch.
“You have to face a lot of balls to get big scores and it is probably one of those wickets where you do the hard work early. Keep absorbing pressure and score later, but evidently it did not work for us today,” Cummins added.
After getting bowled out for 151 runs in their first innings, Cummings brough back the home team back into the game by picking four wickets in the last session as India were reduced to 54 for the loss of five wickets. At the end of the third day’s play, India have taken the lead of 346 runs.
Speaking about the banned Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner, Cummins said it was always going to be hard to play without their best players but others need to rise up to the occasion to give India a tough fight.
“It’s always going to be hard missing two of your best players. We’ve known for nine months (that Steve Smith and David Warner won’t be available). Others have to stand up. It probably highlights the class they’ve had in previous years but we’ve got find to find a way,” Cummins said.
“Everyone here is good enough. They’ve done it at the level below, all of them are the best (Sheffield) Shield players and most of them have done it for Australia before. Wicket feels pretty good still, so everyone feels like in the second innings they can face more balls and get going,” he added.