Cheteshwar Pujara is the most dependable batsman for the Indian Test team. He has performed in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia and led the team from the front. When Australia thought Virat Kohli would be the most important wicket for them in 2018-19 series, Cheteshwar Pujara silenced the home team with a fine run.
Pujara is believed to have carried the grace in Test cricket which a great like Rahul Dravid left. The Saurashtra batsman, who scored 571 runs in seven innings, at an average over 74 with three centuries to his name in the 2018-19 series Down Under, has learnt a lot from Rahul Dravid.
Cheteshwar Pujara: There have been many, Rahul Dravid has always lived a balanced life
Rahul Dravid was a calm head with his focus on the job to be done. He achieved the distinction in the longest format not only for his fine ability with the bat but also due to his mental toughness. Pujara has listed numerous lessons that he has learnt watching the great over the years.
Pujara believes Dravid lived a balanced life and has many qualities. His career had ups and downs but he made sacrifices for the team when required. The top-order batsman also hailed his wicket-keeping skills and said to do all such things for a team is never easy.
“There have been many,” Cheteshwar Pujara said while speaking to sports presenter Arjun Pandit for Sony Ten Pit Stop.
“He [Dravid] has always been calm, very composed. He has always lived a balanced life. There have been many qualities. I don’t need to name one,” Pujara said.
“If you look at his cricketing career, there have been many ups and downs.
“The kind of sacrifices he has made for the team. I have never kept wickets but he is someone who has kept wickets in the Indian team when there was a need in the ODI team. To do all such things for the team, it’s not easy. If you are not a regular wicketkeeper, it’s one of the most difficult things.
“Apart from that, he has always been a team man. To bat at No. 3 there have been many challenges.
“So he has tackled all such challenges over a period of time. not just in 1 format. He has played ODI cricket for such a long time. Even late in his career, he was successful in T20 format also, mostly IPL.”
Pujara will be next seen in action in India’s tour of Australia in December.