None would have expected such a start for India on day 1 of the first Test with all the batsmen walking back quickly. However, India got the services of Cheteshwar Pujara, who displayed his high-class skills when it mattered the most. Meanwhile, the former Indian all-rounder Karsan Ghavri isn’t impressed with the mode of his dismissal.
Pujara built a wall at one end of the crease on Day 1 to make Australian bowlers toil hard. During the course of his 123, he also found the fence more often than not to put Australians chasing the leather.
Cheteshwar Pujara has a great adaptability – Karsan Ghavri
Ghavri feels that Pujara can adjust his game as per the wicket. He quoted that the classy Saurashtra cricketer has got the knack of scoring runs on Bouncy or green wickets to yield success for his side.
Further, he wants Cheteshwar Pujara to take care of his running between the wickets. He doesn’t want to lose a player like Cheteshwar Pujara for that one extra-run or a quick couple.
“The other players were struggling, but Pujara knew how to cope with the green, bouncy wicket. He makes adjustments quicker than others. This ton is definitely one of his best knocks,” said Karsan Ghavri, who also born and brought up in Rajkot.
“Losing your wicket for that extra run is like a crime. As far as running between wickets is concerned, he is a little bit on the slower side, so I feel he should not take risks while going for quick singles or twos. Only for that extra run, one cannot lose a great batsman,” Karsan Ghavri added.
Well, as Karsan said, the wicket of a top-order batsman is more crucial than one run, especially, in the Test format of the game. It would be interesting to see how Cheteshwar Pujara copes up with it in the further games.