Former Indian batsman, Sunil Gavaskar points out the reasons behind Cheteshwar Pujara’s low scores in the ongoing series against Australia but not before he refused to give any suggestions to India’s number 3 on his technique.
Pujara started the series on an encouraging note with a score of 43 from his long stay of 160 balls but his numbers dipped in the next three innings – 0, 17, and 3 – and it seems like the Aussie bowlers have found a chink in his armor – outswingers in the channel of the off-stump – after the right-hander tired them out on the previous tour.
Pujara should go and talk to the batting coach: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, when asked about any advice he would like to give to Cheteshwar Pujara to stem his low scores, the former legend blatantly refused. He asserted that the team has their batting coach and Pujara should consult Vikram Rathour to rectify his technique. Gavaskar points out the opening batsman, Mayank Agarwal also needs to tweak his backlift- he feels that Rathour should the one to make any suggestions to the Indian batters.
“He should go and talk to the batting coach Vikram Rathour. That’s what I would tell him because that is why people have been appointed for. Has Vikram Rathour sorted Mayank Agarwal’s backlift? Well, you have to check with him,” Gavaskar replied with a smile on his face,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.
The 71-year-old believes that Pujara received terrific balls by the Aussie pacers- in the second innings in Adelaide and in the first inning in Melbourne. The 1983 World Cup winner points out that in the second innings in Melbourne Pujara edged a delivery outside off stump- which is uncharacteristic of him. The action moves to Sydney for the third Test which commences on 7th January.
“He has got some beauties. The one in Adelaide which he had to play, the one at Melbourne in the 1st innings, he got terrific deliveries. There is not much a batsman can do when a bowler bowls a delivery like that. In the 2nd innings it felt like he wanted to finish off the match so he played an uncharacteristic shot. That is not what you would see from Pujara, especially at the start of the innings,” Gavaskar added.