County Cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara Should Be Considered For The Lone Test Against England, Sunil Gavaskar
County Cricket: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that Cheteshwar Pujara should be considered for a spot in the Indian team for the lone Test against England in July. Cheteshwar Pujara was dropped from the team for the Test series against Sri Lanka earlier this year. Read our guide, written by cricket betting experts, to find the right online betting apps for your situation.
Pujara along with Ajinkya Rahane has had a long run of low scores with the Indian side for a long time. That prompted the selectors to drop the two veterans from the team. While Rahane is busy playing in the IPL for KKR. Pujara has been racking up runs in the Country championship in England.
County Cricket: Cheteshwar Pujara Has Scored Over 700 Runs
In 4 matches for Sussex this season, the 94 test veteran has scored 2 double-hundreds and 2 centuries till now. His outstanding performance has encouraged many to assume that he is ready to return to the Indian side. Gavaskar is also amongst those people. The Little Master pointed out that Pujara has been out of the team for the last 6 months only. For more best cricket match prediction sites and match updates, read here.
Pujara was with the team until September last year. He played in both New Zealand and South Africa Test series. Gavaskar thinks Pujara should be considered for the starting lineup. According to Gavaskar, Pujara’s ability to wear down the bowler and hold one end is quite valuable. In County cricket, he has played with a higher strike rate too.
Cheteshwar Pujara Was Dropped After Consistent Run Of Poor Form
Pujara was rightly dropped from the side. In the year before he was dropped, he had scored just 602 runs from 14 Test matches. His average in this period was just 24.08. These numbers by no means were great for a number 3 batter. His last Test century came in 2019. It was a double hundred against Australia in Sydney.
But after that, his performances just dwindled. Pujara’s father, who is also his coach, cited a lack of game time as one of the reasons for Pujara’s lack of runs. There was no Ranji Trophy for two years. For a single-format player like Pujara, that wasn’t ideal. He did not get much match practice. Regardless of the past, Sunil Gavaskar thinks Pujara must be in the scheme of things.
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Gavaskar said in an interview on Sports Tak.
“Yes, it should be kept in mind (for India’s Test match in England). Just last year we saw that before the World Test Championship final, New Zealand played two Test matches in England. Because of that, they got acclimatised to the conditions there and when they got similar conditions in Southampton for the WTC final. It was raining. They were used to the condition. This is what is happening to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has gotten used to batting in English conditions, against their bowlers. Yes, there is a huge difference between a County attack and a Test bowling attack, but when a batter is in rhythm, why not take advantage and consider him.”
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