India´s Kuldeep Yadav (2nd L) celebrates with captain Virat Kohli (L) and teammates after dismissing Australia´s captain Tim Paine during the third day´s play of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2019.
He said India had very little to lose since they were 2-1 up in the four-Test series for a draw will give Kohli's men their much-awaited victory Down Under.
So dominant were they that Pant and Ravindra Jadeja stitched together a record 204-run seventh wicket partnership in Sydney, leaving Australia's bowlers exhausted and dispirited.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane looked good in making his way to 18, but a Starc bouncer caught him off guard and it too caught his glove for Paine to take an overhead catch. Australia's Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are at the crease now with 24 runs on the board.
"Obviously when you bowl for two days the body gets exhausted, but their body language was really good, they were pushing themselves and trying their level best".
India started the day at 303-4 with Pujara unbeaten on 130 runs. He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls. He has already made his highest Test score and on a lifeless pitch has a ideal opportunity to press on. Pujara went past 150 but failed to score a double-century.
Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara summed up his innings in a tweet.
At the other end chirpy wicketkeeper-batsman Pant plundered only his second Test century as he piled more pressure on a wilting Australian attack.
India closed in on their maiden Test series triumph in Australia before bad light and rain combined to delay the inevitable, adding more hours to a wait of 71 years.
He was ably supported by allrounder Jadeja who raced to a 10th Test 50, unleashing his trademark celebration of twirling his bat like a samurai sword. Jadeja finally got out for 81 runs.
He found a capable ally in Hanuma Vihari - shuffled down to the middle order to accommodate Rahul with Rohit Sharma dropping out of the XI - who ended the day with some self-assured strokeplay.
India first went Down Under back in 1947-48 under Lala Amarnath's captaincy, and are yet to achieve series triumph there despite eleven attempts.