IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends

IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends- VVS Laxman, Vaughan, Manjrekar, Chopra
IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends- VVS Laxman, Vaughan, Manjrekar, Chopra

IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends India’s batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara’s form has become a big headache for India heading into the Lord’s Test. The right-handed batsman has failed to perform on a consistent basis since 2020. The situation has become so grim that he is yet to score a fifty in the last 9 innings. His scores in last few innings read: 12*, 4, 15, 8, 17, 0, 7, 21, 15 and 73.

In the last 12 matches, Pujara has scored 531 runs at an average of 25.28 which includes five fifties. His last century came in January 2019, Australia. Here’s how former India cricketers VVS Laxman, Aakash Chopra, Sanjay Manjrekar have reacted to the development.

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IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends

“Every series is crucial at the international level. It is more for some players because Pujara has not scored a lot of runs in the last two years. He will feel some pressure.” – Aakash Chopra on YouTube

“Number 3 is a very crucial position if you have to win in England. The first spell and first hour of play will be very crucial.”- VVS Laxman to ESPNCricinfo

“At No. 3, I will want to play Pujara. We didn’t get to see a lot of his batting in the second innings but I will still want to play him,” said Sanjay Manjrekar on SONY LIV/ Sony Sports Network

“How Pujara survived, I will never know. He didn’t look in any kind of rhythm or form,” Michael Vaughan told BBC after India’s 2nd innings in first Test.

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Cheteshwar Pujara in England

2021- 4, 12*

In 2018- 0, 37, 5, 132*, 72, 14, 17, 1,

In 2014- 11, 4, 17, 0, 2, 24, 43, 28, 55, 38

Ground Mat Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
Kennington Oval 2 4 0 0 0 1 37 52 13.00 36.62 1 0
Lord’s 2 4 0 0 0 0 43 89 22.25 28.53 2 0
Old Trafford 1 2 0 0 0 1 17 17 8.50 38.64 1 0
The Rose Bowl 3 6 1 1 0 0 132* 186 37.20 40.17 1 0
Trent Bridge 3 6 1 0 2 0 72 195 39.00 44.52 0 0

 

Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli backed Cheteshwar Pujara saying, ‘Cheteshwar Pujara doesn’t care about criticism. He and we all know where to improve our game.”

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IND vs ENG: Is time running out for Cheteshwar Pujara? One piece of advice from former legends

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