Cheteshwar Pujara was “scared to play a shot” and just looked to survive rather than taking the fight to the Australians, former skipper Allan Border said on Saturday, slamming the Indian’s batting tactics on day three of the third Test.

Pujara’s slowest Test half-century, a painstaking 50 off 176 balls handed Australia control of the match in which they now have overall lead of 197 runs.

“He (Pujara) is almost scared to play a shot, isn’t he? He is playing to survive rather than looking to score,” Allan Border told foxsports.com.au.

“He’s not had quite the same impact this series in that he’s taken so long to score his runs, it’s like he’s stagnated at the crease and it has had a bit of a ripple effect through the Indian batting. They can’t seem to get on top of Australia’s bowling.”

Pujara, who had amassed 521 runs during India’s historic 2-1 Test series win in Australia in 2018-19,…

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