Sunil Gavaskar on Cheteshwar Pujara | Sunil gavaskar spekas about Team India Player Cheteshwar Pujara batting style Team India does not trust this batsman then try someone else, why Sunil Gavaskar had to say this thing
Cheteshwar Pujara with Shubman Gill (file photo)  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Pujara has been facing criticism for some time now.
- Questions are being raised about his batting
- Veteran Gavaskar has come out in support of Pujara
Mumbai: Batsman Sunil Gavaskar has backed facing pressure Cheteshwar Pujara to stick to one end but said the Indian team should try ‘someone else’ if it feels that his style of play is not working. can. Known for his strong defense and technique, Pujara has faced criticism in recent years for not scoring runs off bad deliveries. He also faced criticism during the recent World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.
‘If the team doesn’t trust his method…’
Gavaskar said during the virtual conference on Monday, ‘Pujara has made it to the international level because of playing a certain way, he has to believe in that method. If the team does not believe in his method, then they can think of trying someone else. The former Indian captain said, ‘But this method has worked for him, has worked for India. He stays at one end while the player who plays the shot has a chance to play the shot at the other end because he knows that there is a strong player standing at one end.
‘Pujara has to believe in himself’
“I think he has to believe in himself and continue to play the way he thinks is best because over the years he has done a wonderful job for India,” he added. Pujara could not score a single century during the last two-year cycle of the WTC, scoring runs at an average of less than 30. Pujara will be seen playing during the five-match series against England starting in Nottingham from Wednesday. Backed Lokesh Rahul to open the innings from Gavaskar after Shubman Gill was ruled out due to injury.
‘Lokesh Rahul’s name should be considered’
Gavaskar said, ‘I think after scoring a century in a three-day match, they should consider the name of Lokesh Rahul to open the innings. Mayank Agarwal did a great job in the 2019 season but he struggled a bit in the last round in Australia. He said, ‘Rahul is full of confidence after scoring a century. I would like to open the innings with him and not move Pujara up the order.
‘Good idea to prefer Rahul over Mayank’
Former opener Gavaskar said, ‘Also don’t forget Rahul scored a century in his last Test in England (2018) at The Oval. Given this, it might be a good idea to prefer Rahul over Mayank as the opener. Gavaskar’s remarks came ahead of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) announcement that opener Agarwal has been ruled out of the first Test due to a short delivery from Mohammad Siraj on the helmet. The great batsman also preferred aggressive wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant over Wriddhiman Saha in England.
Gavaskar predicts India’s victory
Gavaskar predicted a 4-0 or 3-1 victory for India in the series. He said it would depend on the weather. Gavaskar said that the Indian team will win the series as England’s team is weak and their batting is also not strong. He said, ‘Once again my prediction depends on the weather, if it is hot, if the weather is hot for 22 days out of a possible 25, then I think India will win 4-0.’ Gavaskar said, ‘If weather plays any role, I think India will win 3-1. But I think India will win the series because England are weak and their batting is not as strong as we saw in the series against New Zealand.
He also spoke on the war between Anderson and Kohli
Gavaskar also backed the Indian captain to dominate the battle between veteran pacers James Anderson and Virat Kohli. He said, “The way Kohli adjusted in 2018, the way he was sure of his off-stump, his shot selection was superb. I think James Anderson is three years older as a fast bowler and Virat Kohli is three years more experienced and I think batsmen are at the top of their batting around 28-33-34 years. I believe that Virat Kohli will be the winner in this battle like 2018. Gavaskar believes that Kohli and Pujara’s failure to score Test centuries in the recent past will not be on their mind.
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