India centurion's surprising new role on Day 2

Steve Larkin
India centurion's surprising new role on Day 2

India's centurion Cheteshwar Pujara says he'll coach his fast bowlers on how to capitalise on a challenging Adelaide Oval pitch.

India will resume on Friday's second day of the first Test against Australia at 9-250, an innings held together by Pujara's superb 123.

The Indian first-drop faced 243 deliveries in a century of split personality.

Initially, Pujara was circumspect as India stumbled to 6-127 - his first 50 runs came from 153 balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara is turning bowling coach on the second day of the first Test. Pic: Getty

But then, batting with the tail, Pujara accelerated and made his next 50 from 78 balls to score his 16th Test century.

"It's not an easy wicket to bat on," he said.

"Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn't look like it is doing a lot. But when I batted the first and second session, I felt that it was not easy to bat on."

Pujara said he would now turn to coaching India's bowlers on the best methods for extracting the most from the Adelaide pitch.

India centurion Cheteshwar Pujara will school his bowlers on how to utilise the Adelaide Oval pitch

"The fast bowlers, I will share my experience of what line and length to bowl on on this pitch," he said.

"The odd ball is skidding on and the odd ball is holding a bit more ... it's kind of two-paced."