With India having a power packed pace force in their locker, Kohli’s men are no longer being taken lightly by any host or visiting nation. But Virat’s go-to-guy in most occasions has been the veteran Ravi Ashwin when it comes to the longest format of the game. Aswhin with a bag of 336 wickets to his name in 64 matches has proved his worth time after time for Team India. But the finger spinner hasn’t been able to impress much in cricketing nations such as England and South Africa this season.
India’s specialist batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara believes that Aswhin will be back in contention of taking crucial wickets for India against the Aussies, after making changes to his technique.
“If you see his recent bowling, I think he has made a lot of changes. I can’t describe what it is, not in front of the media. But he has made some adjustments which have helped him. He has played enough cricket in England which is obviously different conditions, not much help for the spinner," he said.
"So I think when he’s playing in Australia, he knows what he has to do. He has also played a series in 2015 (here) so he’s very confident now. And whatever adjustments he had to make, he has already done it,” Pujara quoted.
Pujara was also satisfied with the way things worked in out the practice game against Cricket Australia XI, which eventually ended in a draw.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s half-century in the first innings will certainly give much-needed confidence to the batsman.
“We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio has been monitoring the workload. 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,” Pujara added.
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