Indian cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara feels that he doesn’t need to worry about his position in the Indian cricket team. And why should he? After all, he has been one of the most consistent performers for the team, especially, since Dravid and Laxman’s retirement from the game.
Pujara’s 14 centuries and 17 fifties in the 57 games that he’s played is a testament of his batting prowess in the red ball cricket. He averages 50.51 in the games, with a high score of 206* to his name.
Will Pujara continue batting at 3?
In the games against Afghanistan and South Africa, Pujara was seen batting at number 4 position, which is usually Kohli’s spot while playing in the longer format of the game.
“Basically, I have been batting at No. 3. Obviously, after the team discussions, I will mostly continue to bat at No. 3.”
But with team situations and requirements, if it is a one-odd game, and have to do it for the team, you should be okay. Most likely, I will bat at No. 3. It is something that I can’t say much about,” said Pujara when he was asked about his batting position.
What’s strange is that the Indian defense mechanism had a pretty average season while playing county games with Yorkshire, while he exhibited a terrific batting display in the limited over games.
We can only hope for him to get back his mojo before the tests commence.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s position under the scanner
Cheteshwar Pujara might have had a terrific home season against England, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand, his real test of batting prowess would come against the same units in their home conditions.
Not to forget, Pujara had a poor stint in the county, so BCCI would keep him under the radar in the upcoming 5-match series.
“There is nothing to fear about. With the way I have performed for the Indian team, the way I have contributed, I don’t think I need to fear about anything. At the same time, the team has understood the importance of my role and my contribution to the team.”
“I don’t have to fear for anything. The most important thing is to perform for the Indian team, which I have been doing,” said the 30-year-old when he was questioned whether he fears for his spot in the national team.
What’s next for Pujara?
Well, he might not accept it but, Cheteshwar Pujara would have to level up his game against the English unit. Already the team’s under tremendous pressure for not having the key players for a couple of games, a bright performance from the Indian wall would surely put some smiles onto the Indian faces.
Source: DNA India