Sunil Gavaskar leads Indian condemnation of visitors’ batting performance in Adelaide

Well, that was an eventful first day of the international Test cricket series this summer.
Having won the toss, India suffered a collapse of sorts in the first session at Adelaide Oval to go to lunch at 4/56 after their top order played some particularly reckless shots.

Cheteshwar Pujara helped to steady the ship with a defiant century, making 123, before he was dismissed by Pat Cummins’ epic run out in what was the last play of the day as India reached stumps at a mediocre 9/250 but a total that is better than it could have ended up.

Here’s how the Indian media viewed the first day’s play.

Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was scathing about the top-order’s failure to be more circumspect about their shot selection in losing four wickets in the opening session of play.

“You know that the Kookaburra ball swings around only for maybe a dozen overs or so. You can then cash in, capitalise and score plenty of runs. But everybody was like ‘I have to get my runs in this session’,” Gavaskar told India Today.

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“And if these players had been newcomers, understandable but these are all experienced players who played those shots outside the off-stump.

“If that’s been the discussion in the dressing room — let’s be aggressive, let us go after the bowlers, then it’s the wrong approach. At the start of the series of the series, that’s definitely a wrong approach.”

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