Former Test captain Ricky Ponting said India's tactics for most of the Third Domain Test have so far been "a little confusing", adding the Cheteshwar Pujara marathon inning will be remembered as a knock on the famous match winner or one that hurts his team. victory.
Ponting also urged Australia to target Virat Kohli with a short ball for the remainder of the series, saying a series of ongoing guards Mitchell Starc who claimed the goal of the Indian captain on Thursday forced the world No.1 Test batsman out of the bubble & # 39; and "get his eyes spin a little".
India crawled under less than two and a half rounds for almost the first two days of the test and at tea time on the second day had recorded innings of more than 300 in Australia for three decades.
None of India's top five scored with a strike rate of more than 50, with Pujara absorbing 319 shipments to score 106.
Ponting praised Pujara for scoring the second century of the series, but said innings would be remembered in one of two ways at the end of the match.
"If India goes and wins matches, it will be a good round (but) if they don't have time to spend Australia twice … that could be the true cost of the game," Ponting said. cricket.com.au.
"I think it's always difficult for India to push the pace of running together when Pujara is there.
"He just produced a hundred, the second from the series, so he played well and didn't really look like he came out. But he just locked himself in this little bubble where judgment didn't seem to bother him at all.
"They have other people on their side who are stroke makers … but if those people don't come, the score will always be hovering around two over the limit, which makes it quite difficult to win. Tests are suitable, especially on goal. flat as we might have here.
"Even (since Pujara's dismissal), it seems like they haven't gotten much direction about what they are trying to achieve. It seems they want to be long enough for just one time, but they haven't run enough to do that.
"Obviously they have talked long and hard about what they want to do, it just confuses us a little."
Ponting also rejected the suggestion that Indians played a long game and aimed to take advantage of the exhausted Australian bowling attack when the fourth Test began in Sydney just three days after the MCG clash was scheduled to end.
"When presented with opportunities in the Test match to push and win … I think you should take it," he said. "They shouldn't be looking forward to next week."
Kohli's dismissal after lunch was a rare joy for Australia on another difficult day, his right hand was captured in the third person after a continuous short ball attack by Starc from End Members.
Initially trying to avoid the Starc guards, Kohli took the left-armer and pressed two shots to pull the crackling far ahead of the square to move to the eighties.
But from the next ball, he tried to push the short and wide delivery past the cordon slip but directly on Aaron Finch at the limit.
The Indian captain also seemed to be hampered by back problems during the Starc spell, but Ponting said it was an Australian tactic more than Kohli's fitness which proved to be his downfall.
And he encouraged the hosts to use more strategies when the series went on.
"The ball before he came out, he played a very good pull shot in the middle, so he looked like he was moving quite freely on that stage," said Ponting.
"I just thought that was the intention shown. I would love to see them start like that against Kohli.
"He hasn't played too many cross-bat shots from the start (in his innings), so I think that might be something that can be seen by Australians and is targeting the rest of the series.
"(That) really forced Kohli, and Pujara to a certain extent, from their bubbles. The two people are in their bubble, they don't take any risks and they play the way they want.
"One spell from Starc with some good short things on Kohli (and) he started playing a few more shots and his eyes twisted slightly.
"He will look back and think," Why did I play the shot? "
"But it's behind some good fast bowling and that's the reason you play shots like that."
Test Series Domain v India
December 6-10: India won 31 times
December 14-18: Australia won by 146 rounds
December 26-30: Third Test, MCG
3-7 Jan: Fourth Test, SCG
Australian troops: The Paine (c, wk) team, Josh Hazlewood (vc), Mitch Marsh (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Archie Schiller
Indian Forces: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav , Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar