'He looks all at sea and has lost his mind' - Michael Vaughan lambasts Cheteshwar Pujara

Michael Vaughan also stated that all the Indian batsmen played only for survival.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is surely not having a good time against England in the ongoing five-match Test series. In the 5 innings that he has played in the series thus far, Pujara has aggregated just 71 runs and has scored his runs at an average of just 17.75.

And, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has come down hard on Pujara. Stating that Pujara is totally at sea, Vaughan stated that the right-handed batsman has lost both his mind as well as his technique.

Michael Vaughan further opined that James Anderson found the edge of Pujara’s willow as the Indian batsman was pressurized, and the ball was swinging as well.

“Pujara looks all at sea. Looks like he has lost his mind, lost his technique. Looks to me like he is playing purely for survival. And Jimmy found the outside edge of Pujara. And then it’s just pressure. The ball was swinging around nicely,” said Vaughan on BBC.

You get a sense that India does not have the desperation: Michael Vaughan

Adding that the Indian side got stuck in there, Vaughan stated that all the Indian batsmen played only for survival. The 46-year-old further opined that India did not show any desperation, and added that a team has to make good days happen. Vaughan concluded by stating that the England side, on the other hand, showed a lot of desperation.

“I felt India got stuck in a bit, particularly Rohit Sharma. He is such a good player. He was almost playing just for survival. Jadeja played for survival. We are looking at Rishabh Pant, he played like a half and half shot. That’s not Rishabh.

You get a sense that India probably didn’t have that desperation today. They probably thought they could just play. And it’s a pointer to them that at this level, you can’t just arrive and play and just think that you’re going to have a good day. You have to make those good days happen. You get these situations where England, they had to win today. It was desperation. The mentality had to be so good from the England side,” concluded Vaughan.