Indian Test No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara will make a return to the Indian Premier League after a hiatus of 7 long years. Pujara, who has represented the likes of Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past, was picked by the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the mini-auction.
Ever since Pujara has been picked in the auction, there is a growing apprehension among a section of fans that in a bid to concentrating on improving his T20 batting, the Saireastra cricketer’s Test skills might get compromised.
Cheteshwar Pujara himself had such doubts during the initial stages of his career but a chat with the legendary Rahul Dravid made him realize that a batsmen’s natural game does not change.
“It all comes with experience. When I was playing the T20 format in the past, I had a little bit of a worry that what if I my Test cricket gets spoiled? Then there will be some technical error once the IPL gets over. But now I am over that. What I realised over a period of time is my natural game, my strengths, will never go away. This advice I got from Rahul bhai [Dravid] long ago, but I would still like to mention it. He told me that your natural game will not change although you try playing different shots.” Cheteshwar Pujara said.
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) March 24, 2021
Pujara added that he has been playing competitive cricket since 2005-06 and a season of T20 cricket will not make him forget how to bat in Test cricket.
“I started playing cricket at an early age. I made my first-class debut in 2005-06. So it is almost 15 years now where I’ve played this game. So if I am playing the T20 format now, when I prepare for a Test series, I won’t forget Test cricket. Adapting to the T20 format and moving into Test cricket again won’t be an issue, for sure.” he added.