For all his undeniable ability as a batsman and struggles in managing a team in transition, Indian fans will remember Ricky Ponting as a man who could never lead his team to victory in a Test in India.
The Bangalore loss made it three in a row for Ponting, something he’s never experienced in his 148-Test career. He was suitably sombre when looking back at his latest India sojourn.
On the 2-0 scoreline
It is a little harsh. We played well in the majority of the first Test match, pretty well for a majority of this Test. It goes to show that we need to play good Test match cricket on all the five days, not four or four-and-a-half. The first Test was a great example of that.
In this Test, we needed to break the Vijay-Tendulkar partnership on Day Three, it proved crucial to the outcome of the game. Our inability to bat for three sessions in the second innings is another reason why we have not won here.
On what he could have done differently
We needed a breakthrough on the third day, that partnership, we needed to bat better in the second innings. We needed to set the game up to put India under pressure. We should have batted one hour longer, then it would have been a really good game of cricket.
On Pujara coming up the order
I was a little bit surprised. It probably had something to do with him being a little fresh and not getting much opportunity in the first innings.
Also, I had a look at Rahul Dravid’s record at Bangalore, his home ground, it’s not great.
Maybe, they are trying to be a little proactive and send someone who can hit at a faster rate than someone who is under a little bit of pressure.
On his contribution with the bat
As a number three batsman if you get to 60 or 70, you are supposed to score a big one, Tendulkar made a 200 but if I had made a 200 in the first innings, the result might have been different. Three scores in the 70s are not good enough. I needed to make a couple of big innings.
I was a little disappointed last night, when I got out late in the game. When the team needed me the most in these Indian conditions, I did well for three quarters of the day but didn’t cross the line. I am disappointed the way I played. When you get starts, you have to capitalise.
On India making short work of the target
I was hoping that we would get Sehwag early which we did. Sachin was also a big wicket that we wanted.
The Pujara-Vijay partnership did us in, they were scoring at a run-a-ball and got the momentum their way.
That was what I was telling the boys yesterday — about stemming the momentum, try to slow the scoreboard down, put a bit of pressure, we got one wicket but we couldn’t continue the momentum through the
On the two different run chases
We managed to get four wickets on Day Four (Mohali), it was a little tough for them to bat.
Their approach was different today, even the way Pujara played, he showed great intent, he was willing to take a few risks to get the momentum their way and it paid off well for