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Former Indian Cricketer Blames the Management for Messing with Pujara’s Game

Former Indian Cricketer Blames the Management for Messing with Pujara’s Game

The batting techniques of the Indian batsmen have been stuck in an unbreakable limbo of errors when it comes to overseas conditions.

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They have always been tempted to poke the ball outside the off stump or to pull the short ball in a momentary madness and hand their wicket to the opposition.

The recent example is that of Cheteshwar Pujara whose recent change in technique is piling up on miseries on the other batsmen. Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar tried to decode the recent change in Pujara’s style.

Pujara has always been known to stay at the crease for a longer period of time and play the shots with classical technique. But that very same player stunned everyone and himself as he pulled a short ball from Chris Woakes and was caught by Adil Rashid at the stroke of lunch.

Sunil Gavaskar wrote on his column for The Times of India stating, “Pujara, whose mind has been messed up by being told about his scoring rate, went for a hook on the stroke of lunch and was caught at the deep square leg. That’s not his natural shot and just showed that when you try and tell a batsman to change his approach after he has got more than 4000 runs, it can be counter-productive. Pujara’s strength is occupying the crease, so that batsmen at the other end can play their shots around him.”

However the veteran cricketer also hoped that India would put on a better performance than the previous Tests and going to bat first will prove a blessing in disguise.

“India losing the toss and being asked to bat first could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise for with the way the pitch has played the ball could turn for the team batting last and that won’t be easy to negotiate,” Gavaskar said.

The 69-year-old also praised the Indian openers for the way they stuck their neck out early in the innings in testing conditions.

“When the Indians got to 50 without losing a wicket, Joe Root, the England skipper would have been wondering if his decision to field first was correct. Dhawan and Rahul looked good as they played close to the body didn’t poke outside the off stump and looked solid,” he concluded.

Rakesh Rakshit

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2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
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2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77