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Never anticipated that shot from Pujara: Shastri

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Former India head coach Ravi Shastri didn’t anticipate the orthodox Cheteshwar Pujara to check out an uncharacteristic ramp shot towards Pat Cummins after getting set and felt that even skipper Rohit Sharma will probably be kicking himself for enjoying the sweep shot which wasn’t on.

“Never expected that shot from Pujara…that is get-out shot and he is back in the hut. It’s not the scoreboard pressure but poor shot selection.

“Rohit and Pujara must be kicking themselves for the shots they played,” Shastri mentioned in a chat on Star Sports after the day’s play.

Shastri feels “weathering the storm in the first session” on Sunday will probably be key to the possibilities of Rohit Sharma’s males profitable the World Test Championship closing towards Australia.

India reached 164 for 3 at stumps on fourth day Saturday in pursuit of an enormous 444-run goal with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane batting on 44 and 20 respectively, needing one other 280 runs in 90 overs on the ultimate day for a win.

“Weathering the storm in the first session will be the key tomorrow. That is where the sting, if all, will be (on the pitch),” Skipper Rohit Sharma (43) and Cheteshwar Pujara (27) had been dismissed in fast succession within the closing session, and Shastri got here down arduous on the senior participant duo for enjoying poor pictures.

Opener Shubman Gill fell for 18 after a controversial catch by Cameroon Green and Shastri mentioned the Indian teenager was “unlucky”