The new ‘WALL’ of Indian Cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara
Visakahapatnam: When Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease, the only thought which runs into his mind is to stay at the crease as much as possible. Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid also believed in spending much time at the crease. Pujara, averages 51.08 in Test Cricket, could be said the Rahul Dravid of the new generation.
With the retirement of gems including Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, every Cricket devotee had one question. Who will carry forward their legacy? Well, as life goes on, so is the game.
Pujara was consistent species in the domestic circuit. The Saurashtra boy- Cheteshwar Pujara was given the responsibility to take Dravid’s batting position. He made his debut in 2010 against Australia.
Recalling his recent heroics, in the ongoing 2nd Test of the five-match series against England, Pujara crossed 3000 run-mark in red ball Cricket. He became the 21st player to do the same for India. Following the tons against New Zealand in Indore and versus England in Rajkot, it is Pujara’s third consecutive test hundred . The right-handed batsman completed his 10th ton scoring 119 runs, laced with 12 classy fours and two sixes.
Pujara, however, gave credits to Indian head coach Anil Kumble, saying, "I was missing 100s against New Zealand despite recieving good starts. Then, Anil Kumble told me that there is nothing wrong in my batting and i just need to work on my intent." Pujara completed his ton hitting a six.
What else Pujara said?
- Completing hundred with a six was special to me.
- Hitting a ton at home (Rajkot) was great. I just carried my form forward.
- The partnership between me and Kohli was crucial.