Cheteshwar Pujara – The ill-fated

Pujara flicks
Pujara flicks

A typical bottom handed player which is an unusual style to his nature of stroke making, he brings a lot of thirst for runs when he walks to the crease. Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara , a promising youngster from Saurashtra, came into limelight , when he struck three triple tons within a span of a month in 2008/09 season and as a consequence, he was given a test cap for India. A decent outing against Australia in his debut series saw him book his place for the SA tour ,in which his performance was below par. He was dropped from the team, but his quench for runs kept him busy in the domestic circuit and he regained a spot in 2012, against New Zealand,which he grabbed with his both arms. There was never a look back in his test career from there on , as he started to convert his starts into a huge ones. He used “dead bat” technique to counter attack the swing bowling. He was considered to be the next batting sensation and he was mentioned as “Next Wall”, by some experts. But fortunes changed. As with the case of every player , he had a slump in his form. His poor form and the rise of Rahane , saw Pujara warming bench at the last test of the Australian tour. But he decided to play county to regain his touch . Playing county gives an optimistic approach towards swing bowling. He was signed by Derbyshire and he made his mark by scoring a brisk 133*. He was selected for the one-off test match against Bangladesh . When Kohli hinted a 6-5 combination and with opener KL Rahul injured prior to the match ,there was a bright chance for Pujara to make his mark. But an element of surprise struck up, when Dhawan was prefered over Pujara. With Rahane, Kohli and Vijay assuring their spots, and Saha being the keeper batsman , a contest between Pujara, Dhawan, Rahul and Rohit opens up for the rest of the two positions( in case of 6+ 5) .
On his day Pujara can be that solid element which the team looks for and even when he is out of his zones, he tackles and plays a lot of deliveries, which an ideal No.3 would do to encounter the new ball, thereby helping the middle order batsmen to score freely. An important factor in Pujara’s batting is that , he values his wicket with a greater price and he never throws it away that easily. He makes the bowlers toil to get his wicket. With a player who has a lot of temperament ,hard work and a good technique, he can be a great asset to the team India in both sub continental and overseas pitches.


2 Replies to “Cheteshwar Pujara – The ill-fated”

  1. Nice one!! It happens in Indian cricket especially in batting. We have so many batsmen who keeps on coming!! A hard choice has to be made. It will be nice if it is the case for bowling too!!

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