Ian Chappell feels that Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer are not good

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Former Australian skipper, Ian Chappell has given his opinions on two Indian Test players recently.

Today, in the third Test, Australia beat India by 9 wickets to keep the series alive at 2-1.

Additionally, looking at the Test match throughout, then it was Australia who didn’t let the Indian batters flourish at Indore.

Matt Kuhnemann and Nathan Lyon kept things in check in India’s first innings who were then bowled out for a meager 109 runs.

In their first innings, Australia batted well and were bowled out for 197 but gained a vital 88-run lead.

India’s second innings came crashing down at 163 as Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with 59 runs.

Now, Chappell says that Pujara and Shreyas Iyer haven’t been their best in the three and two Tests they’ve played so far respectively.

Furthermore, he says that India’s batting on Day 1 looked pretty much like Australia’s in the first two Tests.

Says Chappell,

There are some players in the Indian side that haven’t convinced me that they’re good players of spin bowling. I thought that the Australians spooked India early on. A couple of things happened with the pitch. The Australian spinners bowled very accurately. But what we saw was Australian-type batting from the Indians. Cheteshwar Pujara is very jumpy. I think right through the series he has been very jumpy. I keep hearing Shreyas Iyer is a very good player of spin bowling, but I haven’t seen it yet, and I’m not convinced that he is. To me, he is a bit of a panicker.

Chappell praises Australia for bowling well in the third Test

On the other hand, Chappell heaped praises on the Aussies for bowling well and accurately and also for batting well in the third Test.

Says Chappell,

When Australia batted, particularly [Usman] Khawaja, he was very good. [Marnus] Labuschagne had a good partnership with him. There was more of the Rohit Sharma batting when he got the century in Australia’s innings. To me, it was Australia who outplayed India and definitely deserved to have the lead.

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