Virat Kohli on Cheteshwar Pujara, ENGvsIND: Question raised about Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting, captain Virat Kohli answered in this way england vs india first test match Virat Kohli wants critics of Cheteshwar Pujara to leave
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credits: BCCI)
Nottingham: Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that it is the player himself to spot the flaws in the game and critics of Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting should be left for him to assess for himself. In the current Indian team, after Kohli, Pujara is the highest run-scorer in Tests. He has scored 6267 runs in 86 matches but has often been accused of taking an excessively defensive approach. This increases the pressure on the players batting with him.
When asked about Pujara, defending his reliable third-order batsman, Kohli said, “It has been talked about for some time now and I honestly feel that someone with such talent and experience is there. The player should be left alone to find out the shortcomings of the game. The captain said on the eve of the first Test of the five-match series against England that players at this stage know their responsibilities and unnecessary criticism does not bother them, at least not Pujara.
“Similarly to me or any other player in this team, we are very aware of the things that we need to do for the team,” he said. I can say from outside that criticism is unnecessary but I know the fact that Pujara doesn’t care and such criticism is as relevant as you want it to be.
Kohli did not reveal the final 11 players for the first Test, nor whether Lokesh Rahul would get a place in the team as an opener or Hanuma Vihari would play. He, however, said that Shardul Thakur has the potential to become an all-rounder in all formats. “Yes, he (all-rounder) can be made. He is already a multi-faceted cricketer and it is all about gaining more and more confidence. A player like him helps to balance the team in Test or any format.
Regarding the Mumbai lad, who took seven wickets against Australia in Brisbane last year with a half-century, the captain said, “He is someone who will be very important not just in this series but going forward.”
The Indian team, led by Kohli, suffered a 1-4 loss on the England tour in 2018 but said that this time the team’s preparation is much better as the players have experienced these conditions and have been here for the last two months. . He said that the players who were inexperienced in 2018 are more experienced now. Yes, there will be setbacks but we will have enough players who will be desperate to prove themselves in pressure situations. Asked if he has any specific plans against veteran pacer James Anderson, who troubled him in 2018, Kohli said “no”.
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