Cheteshwar Pujara’s style is not considered good enough for ‘hit-and-run’ affair of Indian Premier League. The gentleman of game, the purists too has little interest in the style of play that defies conventions. He doesn’t watch IPL.
“It’s either practice or fitness training almost the entire day and it can’t be cricket 24 hours,” Pujara has told the New Indian Express. “The switch-off happens in the evenings, when I’m with family or friends. That’s why I don’t watch IPL on TV, not because I’m not part of it. I watch occasionally, mostly if someone else is watching.”
His 1,316 runs at 62.66, including four hundreds, during the last season were not considered enough by the market forces of IPL. There snapshot strikers were an instant hit. Stars ignored and crores showered on the names who may well struggle for recognition post IPL.
Pujara has better concerns for his style of batting. Looking back on his stupendous returns from the 13 Tests in the home season, Pujara sounded a note of regret when he admitted to having failed to convert eight fifties into three-digit scores. He crossed 70 four times in those innings, including a dismissal on 92. “It’s fantastic to have contributed to the team’s success, but I thought I gave away my wicket too many times. There were starts that I couldn’t convert. I’ve to improve in this area. I’m known to get big hundreds and have got them since my junior days,” he says.
For the man who enjoys counting his runs than others big fat IPL bucks, there is a suggestion from the ‘Don’ of instant cricket – Virender Sehwag. Emulate Hashim Amla. Pujara too will have a lot to offer to this entertainment version of the game.