West Indies legendary batsman Brian Lara raised his concerns over the batting style of Cheteshwar Pujara. He feels that the former’s style of play results in a shift of momentum for the team as he plays with a very low strike rate. He further stated that if he was Pujara’s coach, he would have advised him to play a little more aggressively.
“Pujara, definitely for me, I mean as a batsman, I am not the same as a player, that ability to be so patient and score at such a low strike rate. So, for me, if I was a coach or if I was someone that wanted Pujara to improve, I would try to create a lot more shots and try to score at a strike rate that is more beneficial to him and the team,” Lara said while featuring on a Disney+Hotstar show ‘Follow The Blues.’
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stitched a vital 100-run partnership on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test to bring India back into the contest. Pujara, however, got out for 45 off 206 deliveries. In the ongoing third Test between India and England, Pujara has fallen for 1 run off 9 balls, extending further his lean patch of form.
“He does the job, and I know the job he does, but I just feel that when you bat that slowly, there are a lot of momentum swings in your innings and you allow the bowlers so many deliveries at yourself, even before you get to three figures – that you are going to find yourself coming up short a lot of times,” he added.
India is currently squaring off against England on the first day of the third Test at Headingley. Winning the toss, skipper Virat Kohli chose to bat first. At the time of writing, India is already four wickets down in the form of opener KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, skipper Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane. James Anderson clinched the first three wickets while Ollie Robinson relished the wicket of Rahane. India is currently at 56/4.
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