Kotla did not have bare minimum assistance for spinners: Pujara

Greater Noida, India - Sept. 11, 2016: India Blue batsman Cheteshwar Pujara celebrate Double Century against India Red during the Duleep Trophy Final Match at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathek Sports Complex at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Sunday, September 11, 2016. EXPRESS PHOTO 11 09 2016.
Vastavam web: Cheteshwar Pujara today sought to play down the ineffectiveness of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the third Test against Sri Lanka, saying the fifth day Feroz Shah Kotla strip did not even have the bare minimum assistance for spinners.he spinners managed only two Sri Lankan wickets on the fifth day of the third Test, with Ashwin (1/126 in 35 overs) and Jadeja (1/81 in 38 overs) bowling 73 out of the 103 overs in the second innings, giving away 207 runs.
“If you look at the number of wickets they have taken, it’s remarkable. If you look at the entire home season, they have been the most difficult bowlers for any opposition. This is one odd game where there wasn’t much assistance from the pitch. In India, overall I think on any other pitch on day five, there will be lot more help for spinners,” Pujara said.The Indian team, through the past one year, did not need to play much on the fifth day, but Pujara said it was not the reason.
“We were expecting this wicket to deteriorate a bit more especially on Day 4 and 5. May be because of the weather, it was a flat wicket. There was not much help for spinners in the last two days. But our fast bowlers bowled really well.When asked if the team missed out on a fifth specialist bowler, he said the plan was to try out various combinations.”You need to try out different combinations and we are going overseas. Let’s see what happens when we go to South Africa. We will take a call on that when we reach there but here we needed to try out a few things.”