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Cheteshwar Pujara: Take a bow!

A lively pitch assisting both seam and spin. Your skipper loses the toss and you’re out there opening the batting. Your opening partner goes second ball shouldering arms to one that jags back in.

Not the best circumstances to try and make your comeback into the test team?

Unless you are Cheteshwar Pujara.

You respond the only way you know how. With runs. Tough runs while your team-mates crumble under pressure. You grit your teeth and grind it out.

Solid forward defence against pace. Fleet-footed against spin. Old fashioned test cricket.

So what if you had to carry drinks for your more ‘talented’ team-mates in the last few games?

Technique. Temperament. Test match hundred.

Cheteshwar Pujara, how we’ve missed you. Take a bow!

6 Comments

  1. This man is incredible. What class and temperament he has.

  2. Fourth Indian opener to carry his bat in a test innings (afer Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid). Useful company that!

  3. I’m not too familiar with the selection of the Indian Test team. Was Pujara out of the side for so long because of a run of poor form or because Kohli wanted a more aggressive approach?

  4. Initially it was a combination of a mediocre run of scores and the desire to accommodate Rohit Sharma in the line up. Then Kohli wanted to play only five batsman so Pujara missed out. Will be interesting to see who sits out in the next test match we play if Vijay and Dhawan are fully fit!

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