PUJARA DE­FENDS

Skip­per a great am­bas­sador de­spite Aussie back­lash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DHARAMSALA Sports, has ac­cused Kohli of act­ing like In­dia’s “worst be­haved player ” rather than dis­play­ing the grav­i­tas ex­pected of the cap­tain of his coun­try.

“I think it’s re­ally sad to hear such com­ments. We fully sup­port Vi­rat and he is one of the great am­bas­sadors of this game,” Pujara told re­porters.

“I think the fo­cus has shifted some­where else, which shouldn’t have hap­pened. We are very much fo­cused on the game.”

While the nor­mally pro­lific Kohli has man­aged to score just 46 runs in the first three Tests, Pujara has been in out­stand­ing form for In­dia and hit a dou­ble cen­tury in the last Test in Ranchi.

Aus­tralia will re­tain the Bor­der-Gavaskar Tro­phy if they can avoid de­feat in the fi­nal game al­though In­dia will re­main the world’s num­ber one ranked Test what­ever the out­come. AFP

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