India Veteran Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara (PC-Twitter)

Last Update on: February 14th, 2023 at 04:52 pm

To make it into the Indian cricket squad in a country with 1.4 billion cricket fans, you must consistently be the greatest at the game. Given the tight race for every single spot, it becomes 10 times more difficult to make the final XI. A player is already well-known in India when he makes his debut. However, a player’s renown or the quantity of praise they receive from devoted fans is frequently not the same.

Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid, as well as modern players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, are examples of athletes who become celebrities in India. On Tuesday, the seasoned off-spinner from India named two legends who “aren’t celebrated enough,” one of whom he refers to as “the beast” and who is about to reach the milestone of 100 Test appearances for his country.

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Murali Vijay Greatest Opener For India Outside Of Sunil Gavaskar And Virender Sehwag: Ravichandran Ashwin

Cheteshwar Pujara will play his 100th Test for India when the Rohit-led team faces Australia in the second game of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. He will join Kohli as the only other active Indian player to accomplish the accomplishment, making him the 12th Indian to do so (105 Tests).

However, Ashwin thinks that Cheteshwar Pujara isn’t given enough credit, much like the former Indian cricketer Murali Vijay, in his ESPNCricinfo blog.

“M Vijay, according to me the greatest opener for India outside of Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, and Puji are quite similar in that they haven’t been celebrated enough. They also had some of the most hilarious arguments. They used to do the most difficult job in Test cricket – play out the new ball in testing conditions, as we tend to need to do whenever we go abroad – so it is par for the course to have a few eccentricities emerge from that kind of partnership,” he said.

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Cheteshwar Pujara Keeps Trusting His Method: Ravichandran Ashwin

As he did with Pat Cummins during his time against India No. 3 in the 2018–19 series Down Under, Ashwin was all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara’s “stubbornness,” a quality Ravichandran Ashwin believes helped him shatter one of the hardest and fiercest bowling assaults.

“Pat Cummins bowls good ball after good ball, changing the angles, trying a bouncer, trying a sucker ball, but all he gets from Puji is the leave or the dead defence. Actually I don’t recall thinking Puji had a great defence when I first saw him, but his stubbornness is such that he has broken down the best of the attacks with his defence,” he said.

“Most batters add to their game when they are successful or cut out some elements when they are failing, but Puji keeps trusting his method. You can’t convince him to change. I used to use a Tamil nickname for him with Shankar Basu, our previous trainer: Mirugam, the beast. Just like a beast focuses single-mindedly on its prey, Puji focuses on batting,” he added.

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