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Former England captain Michael Vaughan mentioned that England bowlers did not use short balls against Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara combined forces to put a 153-run stand against England on the third day of the fourth Test with India leading by 171 runs.
Rohit scored 127 from 256 balls, his first overseas Test hundred, with Pujara adding 61 to the team’s total as England bowlers struggled to get them out.
There isn’t a go-to bowler to rough Cheteshwar Pujara up: Michael Vaughan
However, England got a breakthrough after they took the new ball with Ollie Robinso using a short ball to lure Rohit Sharma to play a pull shot, which comfortably ended in Chris Woakes’ hands at deep square leg.
Vaughan is of the opinion that England had no bowler that could stop Pujara and they also missed the trick by not deploying enough short balls.
“It just feels that this England attack is very similar. It’s a concern when the ball’s not moving around that much as a batter you can’t get used to it. Everything’s almost the same pace. There isn’t a go-to bowler to rough Pujara up,” Vaughan said on the BBC Test Match Special.
“I’m just staggered. There’s so much experience in this England team, how they haven’t noticed the need to bowl more shorter deliveries before now to both batsmen. I don’t think I’ve seen Ollie Robinson bowl a single bouncer in this match yet, he’s had Rohit out twice in this series with the short ball.”
Michael Vaughan expressed concerns over Cheteshwar Pujara
Vaughan feels that Pujara could be prone to injury and cited the example of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“From knowing Pujara a bit from his time at Yorkshire, he’s a bit like me and I wouldn’t say that fielding is high up on his list of priorities. It’ll be an injury in that ankle that if there’s any prospect of him taking a bit of time off the field, he will take it. There’s a few around who used to be like that, Inzamam is one who comes to mind,” Vaughan added.
The series is locked at 1-1 with India currently holding the edge over England to win the fourth Test.